The jokes write themselves after several journalists found themselves stranded at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba due to a mechanical problem that forced their inbound flight to turn back following their coverage of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

“It is pack-out day at Guantánamo Bay for the TV crews that came down to report on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. A couple of media members load gear outside the old barracks now used as guest quarters. #NoBellhop,” reporter for The New York Times Carol Rosenberg tweeted.

She then tweeted, “Update: Media may be packed out but this may not be departure day from Guantánamo Bay. The inbound charter from Andrews airbase with replacement war court staff (lawyers, translators other personnel) on board for the 9/11 hearings turned back due to mechanical problems.”

Evidently, the journalists eventually made it back to “civilization.” Rosenberg sent out another update, stating, “The delayed Gitmo-U.S. military commissions charter has landed Joint Base Andrews outside D.C. Several passengers head back to court tomorrow at 0900, remotely. Inflight meal: chicken and rice. Film: DIY. Bathroom sign: Never seen one like this before on a war court shuttle.”

People had a field day with this one. They just couldn’t resist. Even other journalists got in on the fun.

NBC correspondent Ken Dilanian tweeted, “The plane that was supposed to take a dozen reporters home from Guantanamo had to return to Andrews because of mechanical problems. Stranded on Gitmo. Insert joke here.”

Comfortably Smug snarked on Twitter, “Now send the rest of the journos to Gitmo!!!”

Another proclaimed, “It’s a start. Let’s send some more plane loads of them down there.”

PolitiFact Bias cleverly quipped in reference to President Biden’s assertions on Americans stuck behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, “All the journalists that wanted to leave Guantanamo have already left. They were warned for weeks. While some have chosen to stay behind there are no reporters stranded in Gitmo.”

One of the journalists that got stuck at Gitmo was the Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy who noticed a different kind of flag at half-mast.

The Spectator contributor Stephen Miller had words for Dunleavy, “Waterboard until he gives up the McNuggets.”

There are still 39 terrorist prisoners housed at Guantanamo Bay. Trials for the terrorists are set to continue this week.

The jokes just went on and on and on but some had a serious tinge to them:

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