During these hours, in the airports of the world, even the calmest people get nervous. Knocks are heard on the counter of the airlines and, already as a soundtrack, insults towards a call center. Sure, if they have a Argentine passport peeking out of carry on.
That happens even to passengers with more therapy on top. That is happening now to Cynthia Zaiatz, who is in Miami.
It is not just another “Bombita”. Like Ricardo Darín’s character in Wild Tales, which explodes for what it considers a daily injustice and generates empathy. In fact, it is in the middle of a rift between those who feel sorry for those who cannot enter the country because of the flight stocks and those who write on Twitter “if you already knew that this could happen and you traveled the same, now enjoy the holidays“.
Violence did not win but despair did. And that Cynthia is a neuropsychologist, Head of Mental Health of the Sanatorio Modelo de Caseros. “I am stranded. They want to bring me back in September,” he wrote to this newspaper on WhatsApp in the early morning of Argentina.
She traveled alone, on June 24, with the intention of spending 10 days in Miami, buy rapid tests against coronavirus and other medical supplies, but could not. He has already invested almost $ 500,000 in his attempt to return to Argentina. The account continues to rise and nothing assures him that he can enter the day that indicates the new ticket that he bought during the early morning in which he also wrote to Clarion.
“I did not travel to get vaccinated. I have the two doses of Sputnik V because I am a health personnel. Nor is it that I came on vacation, although I did go for a walk, of course. Both things would have been perfect. But I traveled to buy the medical supplies that are so difficult to get in Argentina“says the 31-year-old woman, who specializes in the neuropsychological rehabilitation of patients who suffered a stroke or have Alzheimer’s. More than a detail, she feels that she says it as an” undue justification “for why she traveled.
Zaiatz says he took a walk in addition to buying supplies, the main reason for his trip. And that is not bad, as well as going to be vaccinated.
“In Wallgreens – the famous chain of pharmacies – all Argentines are getting vaccinated. Because they vaccinate you there. I went and, in fact, asked if as a booster of the two Sputnik I could give me the Pfizer vaccine, and they told me that it was not recommended. My dad is a doctor and he told me the same thing, “he said.
Cynthia is not paying for a hotel. You are not sleeping at the airport, and you are not paying extra days for accommodation via Airbnb. He has his apartment, overlooking the sea, in the Aventura area. A fact that stokes the fire on the side of the crack of those who scream “Stay there! Don’t fuck around”.
Why have you spent more than $ 500,000 trying to get back? For what she considers that it is a right that the Government does not guarantee her and because of a scam of those who would have advised her against her from the call center she called when they canceled her return flight.
Since he found out that it was another stranding, on Tuesday, despite having a paid ticket to return on Saturday, he began to make useless calls.
Copa Airlines canceled flight CM 336, which was the stopover in Panama and, from there, CM 279, bound for Ezeiza.
“They just canceled it. By mail. They told me that in September they had a space for me for Argentina. I said no, of course. I had to speak this directly while going to the airport. There was no case. Later, through the call center, in desperation I accepted when they suggested that I return in August but to Montevideo. That you could make a single change and, if not, you would lose everything. I said yes without knowing. And I even got the ticket from Buquebus. I called the Uruguayan consulate and they said it couldn’t be done. That I was not going to be able to leave the Uruguayan airport because I do not have a residence in Uruguay. Never in Copa did they ask me if I had a Uruguayan residence. They told me everything wrong and so I already lost what I paid on my return ticket“, he details.
To those $ 140,000 that no longer have a refund According to the airline’s clause, the Buquebus and a new last minute ticket are added.
“I wanted to make sure I had a ticket through Aerolineas Argentinas, which is who I think the most are letting in. There were for $ 500,000, just to come back. Expensive. I was all night pressing F5 (to update the page) and I found the same flight to $ 280,000. What I had paid, approximately, for my original round trip. I took it out. It was my last seat. But nothing guarantees that I can be one of the 600 people who can enter the country on July “, he closes, and assures that he did not have any answers from the Despegar agency either.
To this expense is added that Cynthia will soon start paying for a hotel. It is that his apartment was previously rented, and has to be occupied from this Sunday.