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Travelers Stranded As Mexican Cartel Incident Shuts Down Mazatlán Airport

Sitting on Mexico's beautiful Pacific shoreline, Mazatlán in the state of Sinaloa is one of Mexico's most famous resort towns. With winter being a peak travel season in Mexico, Mazatlán is as busy as ever. However, recent cartel incidents have put both visitors and residents in Mazatlán alike in a precarious position. 

TikTok user @kaitlynnnwils traveled to Mazatlán to escape the winter chill and soak up the rays on the beach for a few days. However, her trip would be extended for much longer than she expected- under rather unfortunate circumstances. 

What a nightmare! It's crazy how fast circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. How did things get so bad so fast? 

We'll briefly try to sum it up. The Mexican authorities recently recaptured Ovidio Guzmán, son of drug kingpin El Chapo. Members of the Sinaloa Cartel retaliated and violence erupted across the state to the point where a plane was shot at on the runway at Culiacán International Airport- though thankfully, nobody was hurt in this incident.

 This incident forced three major Sinaloan airports- Culiacán, Mazatlán, and Los Mochis- to shut down, and shelter-in-place warnings to be put in affect in these areas. Since then, attempts to extradite Guzmán to America have been halted, and these airports have slowly started to reopen, but many flights remain canceled or delayed, stranding thousands throughout Sinaloa. Kaitlynn herself would post an update showing how her own situation has progressed in the meantime. 

While the situation is scary and stressful, it sounds like Kaitlynn and her companions will ultimately be alright. Still, our thoughts go out to those not as safe from the ensuing violence, and hope that the conflict is soon resolved without more innocent people getting caught in the crossfire.

"And that’s why I register at the embassy of the country I am traveling to. They know I’m there and can help communicate and get me out! Hugs," recommended @jennak151. "When traveling to Mexico, always check the US department of state travel advisories to see if the area you are visiting is safe!" added @kandydianne. 

Taking precautions like these is important when traveling abroad, as you never know when trouble might strike. Our hearts are with both stranded travelers like Kaitlynn and the citizens of Sinaloa alike. In the meantime, all we can do is hope for the best.

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