Volcanic Ash Could Affect Flights

New technology helps warn pilots of volcanic ash in the atmosphere.
2:21 | 08/25/14

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Maybe not that one. What could be a major monkey wrench thrown into the travel plans of people. A volcanic E rupgs that could blow ash into major air routes. Kirit radio is covering this. Good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. Yes, here we go again. Big concerns this morning of another massive travel interruption. This coming at the end of the summer travel season when everyone wants to get home for the school year. The volcano may be getting ready to blow. Small eruptions starting below the icecap. A red alert to airlines warning that significant ash emissions are likely. If that happens, it may be bad news for air travelers. That ash wreaks havoc on jet engines. If there is ash in the air, planes have to stay on the ground. It can cause the engines to stop. It can cause accelerated wear. None of that is acceptable. Reporter: The problem is, Iceland is in the middle of one of the world's busiest plane routes. So many flights from the U.S. Crossing the atlantic. The last time major volcano erupted in Iceland in 2010, thousands of travellers were stranded. It took longer to rebook those passengers. We managed to get to Paris midnight last night. We've been told we have to wait till Thursday. Reporter: The delays cost the airlines, too. They're racing to develop technology to help planes detect volcanic ash. Airbus and UK based easy jet created a cloud and then flew planes through it using infrared sensors to try to avoid it. They're hoping this technology will help airlines drive the routes even in E rupgs. Europeans believe they're much better equipped to handle this. They're not going to shut down all air traffic. They'll shut down what is nedded. Reporter: No flight restrictions yet. Business as usual. Thank you, kirit radio. The lion's share, yes, it

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