Will someone please explain to me all this hoo-ha over volcanic ash?
To the best of my knowledge, no plane has ever crashed as a result of flying through the stuff. One nearly crashed but didn’t, yet as soon as a volcano puffs a whiff of the stuff into the air, there is panic in the aviation industry. What’s worse, they don’t even know if the stuff is up there. The whole scare is based on mathematical models which can be notoriously inaccurate. The computer says it’s there, so it must be there, even if the computer is wrong.
I put it down to the Nanny State mentality – one must avoid danger at any cost. It’s a bit like “second hand” tobacco smoke – no matter how imaginary the threat then steer clear at all costs.
Icelandic volcanic eruptions are hardly a rarity yet last year was the first time that they shut down virtually the entire European airspace. What happened in previous years? Was it a different kind of ash?
Of course there is another explanation.
Europe is rightly pissed off at Iceland for refusing to pay their banks debts, and this is a lovely way of getting the public to curse Iceland.
This is the new mantra – if you want to get at someone, dream up some imaginary threat to get the
flock of sheep public on your side.
Very like smoking, in fact.