A United Airlines flight diverted to Havana, Cuba, on Sunday after the flight crew smelled something unusual on the plane. Pilots on United 831 from Dulles to Cancun chose to land in Havana because it was the closest location.
United does fly charters to Cuba (or at least Continental does on occasion), so this isn’t the first time the company has landed on Cuban soil. The airline is ferrying in another plane from Cancun to pick up the passengers, but as of now, they’ve been there for 8 hours. As they’re not permitted to spend U.S. dollars on the island, I don’t know if they’ve been served food.