Rav Aharon Tuviah Shpitz of Brooklyn, av beis din of Seret-Viznitz, spent Shabbos in a holding area for illegal aliens.
After flying to Belgium to visit a nephew, he was told at an airport near Antwerp that as he had no return ticket, strict immigration laws prohibited him from entering the country and he must immediately return to the United States.
Explaining that it was too close to Shabbos to leave, he was told that the only place he could stay was in a lockup for illegal migrants.
Antwerp askonim couldn’t budge the authorities’ decision but managed to arrange a private room for him.
Unable to get kosher food in time, Rav Shpitz make do with fruit until motzoei Shabbos.