31 Jan '11, 12am

Cairo airport was swamped with tourists and expatriates trying to flee violent unrest in Egypt

Passengers crowd the departures area at the Cairo International airport on Jan 30, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP CAIRO - LEGIONS of tourists, foreign expatriates and worried Egyptians descended on Cairo airport on Sunday, desperate to get on a flight and escape the uncertainty of violent anti-government unrest. Those who could press through the traffic jam on the approach roads found a themselves in a near biblical scene of weary families, screaming children and grown men under the eye of a handful of policemen overwhelmed by the crowd. Dorothy Reddy, 62, a retiree from Baltimore, Maryland, advanced just three metres in two hours in the queue for passport inspection. 'We came Friday, for a 12-day cruise on the River Nile,' she said. 'It took hours to reach the hotel. It was a nightmare. Now they've cancelled everything and they are trying to get us out of here.' She added: 'The only...

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