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Old 04-16-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Oh don't say that ! I'm due to fly to Heathrow at the end of June for a 2-week trip visiting my parents. If I have to cancel I won't get any money back as the airlines are telling everyone that, as this is a meteorological event, they don't have to offer any compensation. I know it's infinitely better to be safe than sorry, but I also don't want to lose $1300.
Today, I heard that airlines were letting people cancel their tickets and make changes without charge to their travel plans.
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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The happiest people now are the hotel owners and cab drivers

Question: does the ash affect the people living in Europe, even not taking flights? Are they breathing in the ash?

Also the people on Iceland, don't they have to move?
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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The happiest people now are the hotel owners and cab drivers

Question: does the ash affect the people living in Europe, even not taking flights? Are they breathing in the ash?

Also the people on Iceland, don't they have to move?
According to scientists, the ash is not harmful to human health. I wouldn't take that risk if I was in Iceland right now though!
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Big Island- Hawaii, AK, WA where the whales are!
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my cousin left around noon Wed for Sweden-Göteborg. Arrived today after being grounded in Frankfurt. Took 18 hour train and did arrive! That was a long way to get there.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:52 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Ok, so now it appears that the ash is harmful to human health.

Fallen volcano ash could pose health risk - More health news- msnbc.com
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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This piece, updated just a few hours ago on Bloomberg Icelandic Eruptions May Disrupt European Air Traffic for Months - Bloomberg.com sounds quite foreboding concerning the travel aspects.

And somewhere I read that it's costing the airline carriers $200 MILLION per day. At that rate it won't take long before anyone who flies is seriously affected.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:43 AM
 
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Try to reroute through Southern Europe, the airports are open in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece.
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Old 04-17-2010, 03:54 AM
 
Location: on an island
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My kid is supposed to fly from Paris to Denver on April 30.
Air travel is still restricted in the north of France right now, but hopefully things will improve.
The thing is, that volcano (and the one nearby) is gonna do what it's gonna do.
Iceland has had quite a time of it in recent months.
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:54 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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They just said on the news here that there is another, much bigger volcano nearby that could also erupt now because of the growing instability in that part of Iceland. And the activity of the one already erupting is still increasing. Cancelled flights are a nuisance, sure. But I am much more worried about the long-term climatic effects.
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Montgomery county, PA
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My family in Holland says that there is no impact on their daily life, the ashes are at a height of 5 kilometres. However I have a friend living in Norway and she can clearly smell everything the volcano spits out.

My sis and her hubbie are stuck in Capetown SA and they have no idea when they can return home to Holland. A friend of mine is stuck in Australia and also doenst know when he can return home to Holland.
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