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The United States began evacuating nonessential government personnel and their families Wednesday, while crowds piled up at Cairo's airport as more than 8,000 people played the odds in hopes of securing a seat aboard a commercial airline that would allow them to escape the chaos engulfing Egypt.
"Things are going very smoothly," Roberto Powers, the U.S. consu general in Egypt, told the Associated Press. "Anyone wishing to travel today — there are spaces available."