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(NEWSER) – Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi landed Saturday evening in San Francisco—but only after a grueling 28 hours on the plane, only 16 of which were spent in flight. They sat on the Abu Dhabi tarmac stranded by dense fog, unable to deplane, for 12 hours, Quartz reports. During that period, they received wrong information about when the flight would leave, the AP reports.

"They kept telling us that we were going to leave, you know, 15 minutes from now, 20 minutes from now … for 12 hours," says one passenger, per ABC 7. The fliers were barred from exiting because, the crew reportedly said, there were too many other people being held at the airport amid what Etihad Airways called "unprecedented fog."

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