...Ending With Frustration For Some

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Although the situation at the smaller airports is likely different, volunteer pilots who show up without a game plan in Baton Rouge are likely to be disappointed. Marino said a lot of well-meaning volunteers who arrived unannounced have left in frustration. "You see these people coming in with the best of intentions just stopped cold," he said. Marino said he's been overwhelmed by the generosity and willingness of people in the GA community to help out but they must make some previous arrangements if they want to be part of the main relief effort. He agreed that communications and general coordination aren't what they should be. "It is chaotic but it is improving," he said. As officials get a handle on the situation, he said he expects operations to run more smoothly and for help to get where it's needed.