>This is kind of like a benign version of Steven Kings’s “The Mist”. So far our skies are clear, but the volcanic ash is on the way. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich newspaper of record) the clouds are due to reach Munich at 6 p.m. today. I don’t know if weather patterns will get them to Innsbruck (I don’t think so but what do I know) but if they are over Bavaria, one will be able to see them from the top of the Nordkette.
I don’t think it’s fair for the news teams to put microphones and cameras in front of people who are currently stranded at airports. They are tired and disoriented, and are naturally going to complain like cranky children. Given a full explanation of what volcanic ash can do to an jet engine, they would certainly be grateful to still be alive and well on the ground. But at that moment everyone is thinking of themselves, and they come off badly. The media certainly knows this, it makes their story more dramatic, but they are in a sense feeding on others’ vulnerability. One notices that the interviewees are families and tourists, not business-class flyers who I would assume take this kind of thing in stride (while their companies pay for the extra hotel nights.)
All in all, I’m glad I don’t have to be on a plane, or even a train right now (the stations must be just as chaotic with all the extra people taking the train instead.)
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