Why Can’t Planes Fly Through Volcanic Ash?

Have your travel plans to Europe been disrupted lately? Perhaps you’re waiting for some merchandise to arrive from the European Union or you have friends arriving from the near east, connecting through one of the affected airports. The problems stem not just from the ash itself and the reduced visibility it allows, but the ash can severly damage airplanes in midflight, endangering your life and that of your fellow passengers and crew. Here’s a nice little video on how volcanic ash affects and airplane in flight:

Hopefully there will be no more eruptions for a long time, but there’s a neighboring volcano, called Katla, that has erupted in tandem with Eyjafjallajokull during the last three eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull . So if you’re traveling to Europe on business any time soon, you may want to make video conferencing arrangements instead. If you’re going on vacation, consider changing your plans and visit Southern Europe instead, where the ash cloud won’t be a problem.


This would be a great time of year in Southern Europe! One of my favorite cities is Aix-en-Provence, France. Imagine the Southern coast of France awash in fresh herbs and flowering fields. And don’t forget to enjoy a glass of wine or two – the city gets even more beautiful after a couple of glasses of wine. If you end up changing your plans and visiting someplace new in Southern Europe, why not let us know and post some pictures here? We’d love to hear about your new adventure!

Until next time, Peace!



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