Grounded by the Volcano
Deaglán de Bréadún
Not being a scientist, I cannot pronounce with any certitude on the lengthy cancellation of flights by the airlines and their rather sudden reversal of that decision.
The speed with which the travel ban was lifted in the end seems to suggest that it was not really necessary to halt flights for such a long period. But this is unknown and unexplored territory.
Yet again we find ourselves humbled by the awesome power of nature: remember the snow and the floods earlier in the year? We strut around like lords of the universe but it doesn’t take much to put us off our stride.
One would like to think that any hotel, airline or travel agent who may have used the occasion to bump up prices would be hunted down and prosecuted by the political and legal system. But that’s probably a naive hope.