Monday, April 19, 2010

An embarrassment for Europe?

That hardly seems an appropriate description for what is taking place in Europe, but tonight the BBC is reporting that European government ministers are displeased with the restrictions in air travel caused by the Iceland volcano.

It was less than 24 hours ago that I commended Europe's governments for remaining out of the discussion about when air travel can resume at any level approaching normal. Of course, air travelers remain stuck in the middle, attempting to get home as soon as possible.

For what my opinion is worth, governmental pressure to resume air travel is not a positive step at this point. Granted, no one wants to keep passengers in limbo for one second longer than is necessary, but common sense has to be the guide here. To call this unusual, fascinating and dangerous natural disaster an embarrassment for Europe is irresponsible rhetoric.

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