Speculation about the arrival coincided with a visit by 20 or so international journalists to Havana. Invited by the Cuban government to witness the country's economic reforms, the group of mostly business journalists stormed the airport, along with local media and outlets with bureaus in the city.
Once the plane parked at its gate, the journalists piled into their cars and headed to Level 1: arrivals.
One door became completely surrounded by cameras and journalists hoping to hear a passenger say that they sat next to Snowden.
The first to exit, the pilot of Flight 150, made a valiant effort to use an alternative door, but the reporters were too fast for him. As he came outside, crushed by dozens of cameras, the pilot smiled and appeared to take it all in stride. He told the group that there were no VIPs on his flight, and certainly no Edward Snowden.
The same message was uttered by the flight's crew as they piled into their bus to take them to their hotel.
"It was a normal flight," said on crew member as he pushed past the cameras.
All appeared to be normal for the crew—except for the greeting its members received in Havana.
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