Aeroflot cancelled flight SU102 from Moscow to New York JFK on January 7. They offer 3 flights a day on the route, this is the second one, but they reported to passengers that flights were full.
Transit without visa through the Moscow airport is only permitted for 24 hours.
In many countries the period of allowable transit can be extended in the event of irregular airline operations. However Aeroflot proceeded to deport passengers to avoid their overstaying allowing time in transit.
And some passengers report that “many US citizens (white in color) come by and get their tickets for later flights or be told to wait in lounge and will be called once the details are ready” while Indian American passengers (who were US citizens on US passports) flying from Delhi to New York via Moscow were deported back to India.
The passengers asked to be sent anywhere in their home country or even anywhere in Europe. The Aeroflot agent, videotaped, says they must go back to India and refers to the American couple as Indian.
Aeroflot, for its part, says that “an internal investigation is underway as the airline strives towards providing ‘the highest standards of customer service, even in the midst of major travel disruptions due to weather, and we regret the tremendous inconvenience caused to passengers in this case.'”
Fortunately Indian tourist (and business) e-visas allow double entry — and the passengers hadn’t already used that privilege — or else they’d presumably have been deported from India upon their return.
Unfortunately once back in India Aeroflot was offering re-accommodation on January 13, departing India six days after they were supposed to arrive back in the U.S.
(HT: One Mile at a Time)