Sep 12, 2017
Thousands of Americans have been stranded on Caribbean islands since Hurricane Irma plowed into tourist meccas like St. Martin, St. Barts, and the Virgin Islands. Since the airports in those locations have been heavily damaged and are generally closed to commercial flights, many people are asking the U.S. Department of State for help.
However, many are finding that the help is not free. A policy adopted by the department in 1956 requires Americans to sign a promissory note promising that they will repay to the government all of the costs associate with their rescue and evacuation.