FORT MYERS, FL-A site seeing adventure turns into a nightmare for a Fort Myers Woman stranded in the Cairo Airport.
Today the FGCU grad is safe in Istanbul.
She claims had no help from the U.S government getting out.

As chaos erupted on the streets of Cairo, 23 year old Courtney Eppleman spent 5 long days trapped in the airport, no communication with anyone back home.
Today Eppleman Skypes from Turkey.
She says her trip to Cairo was doomed from the start.

"It was chaos, thousands of people just sitting there, so I called the number I had for the tour guide and said, oh I'm here, but no one else is here, and the first thing she says is go back to your country!"

Eppleman couldn't, thousands of people mobbed the terminals and the planes weren't flying.

"On the screen all you saw was canceled canceled canceled. On all the flights."

With no Internet or phones available, the airlines couldn't function.
What made it worse, no cash in the a-t-ms, and only candy bars and chips to eat. she says water was going for 60 Egyptian pounds a bottle he equivalent of 10 dollars.

"People were jumping over the counter of Burger King just to get any water."

The worst part, Eppleman says, the absence of help from the United States.

"Not one single person, they had Germany, they had china, they had the UK, there was no one I could go to."

Luckily, Eppleman's friend was French and he was able to get them water and eventually arranged a flight for them.
Now safe, Eppleman says she can't help worrying about the thousands left stranded in the Cairo Airport.

"Soon there won't be water, there won't be food and soon there will be a huge crisis."

A U.S. State Department spokesman tell me more than 2000 U.S citizens have been evacuated from Egypt with more on the way.

Eppleman says she didn't see any americans flying out.

Here is a link to the U.S Department of State's website.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/02/155894.htm