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Travelers, officials testify about travel ban's effects at LAX

Protesters hold signs outside Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.
Protesters hold signs outside Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.
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The L.A. City Council committee overseeing LAX heard testimony Tuesday from airport officials and travelers. They provided a clearer picture of the conditions inside LAX, where travelers were detained by Customs officials during President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Sarah, a student from Iran, testified about having limited access to food and water, as well as being held in a room with little ventilation during her 23-hour detention. 

"At that point, flights had come in. And that room was filled with people," Sarah said. "And it was just so sad to see because there were families, children, elderly, people in wheelchairs. And everybody was just so worried and terrified."

People who testified at the hearing said they also lacked access to medical attention and baby food. The committee has recommended humanitarian groups like the Red Cross be allowed access to detainees.

Customs and Border Protection officials have refused to say how many travelers it detained — but the ACLU reports it counted at least 329 cases at LAX.