For months, the 17 Northern Virginians had excitedly prepared for the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that is sacred to devout Muslims.
They had saved thousands of dollars for a package trip to Saudi Arabia, taken classes on the pilgrimage and promised to make prayers for friends and relatives. A California travel agency had arranged their tickets and gotten the visas for their passports, shipping them overnight via UPS.
But according to the travelers, the passports, which were supposed to have all been delivered last Tuesday, never arrived.
The package was seized by customs. Read the whole story here. Don’t read the comments.