Cheers erupt aboard the 737 as it takes off; the passengers may never touch United States soil again.
Some passengers wear clothing that hints at their lives in the United States: work boots stained with paint, a t-shirt from a mulch company in New Jersey.
Most are in shackles.
Less than half of the people have been been convicted of criminal charges. All of them are being deported to Guatemala by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Over the past year, according to ICE, more than 29,000 immigrants who were in the United States illegally have been deported on more than 500 flights from this airport in rural Alexandria, Louisiana -- one of five hubs for ICE Air.
Shot on assignment for CNN, this was the first time a photojournalist has been granted access to an ICE Air flight.