Eyjafjallajökull volcano

April 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM Leave a comment

It’s crazy how widespread this volcano’s effects have become. Several friends who are stranded at their final Easter vacation destinations say they feel as though exchange has ended now, since it has been so long since they have been in class. (To be fair, I have yet to have class since Easter, but since I have nothing to do BUT schoolwork I guess lucky me has sidestepped that feeling.) I suppose I should feel lucky to have gotten home; since I was travelling on Thursday before mass chaos hit, and because I was taking the train already, I had no problems reaching Brussels.

It bothers me that airlines are calling to the EU for compensation. Yes, we realize you have been greatly inconvenienced and you have lost a large amount of money. But it’s a natural disaster situation. Maybe the Eurocontrol was being overly conservative, but what would you rather deal with – the fall out of being grounded for a week, or the fall out of airspace being left open, and crashes occurring? At least this way people feel safe, and likely their usage of air travel won’t be affected. If planes were flying and crashing you can easily expect people to lose some faith in the industry. There are a lot better ways EU money could be used in this situation instead of compensating the airlines. Maybe help out the tourist industries that have been hit. Hell, there are probably a whole host of better ways to spend the money than on this volcano situation entirely. Maybe I only feel this way because I haven’t been inconvenienced in many ways by this eruption (in fact I have been helped, as a huge group presentation has had to be postponed). But I would rather be safe, and know that my friends are safe, than taking risky flights.

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