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Ash You Were, Captain: New Volcano-Based Travel Rules Take Effect in the UK

Travel News, Travel Safety, UK — By John Curran on May 18, 2010 at 11:16 am
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Travelers may soon find that taking off from airports throughout the UK is a little bit easier, after the Civil Aviation Authority decided on new volcanic ash rules as a result of frequent delays and cancellations because of the eruptions at Eyjafjallajokull.

New regulations afford aircraft and engine manufacturers the ability to speak with various air carriers to allow for more flights to be completed, reports the Guardian. For one airline, the number of cancellations would have been reduced by more than 90 percent.

The authority has come under fire both from holiday-makers and airlines who have said that the current ash regulations had made it difficult to operate even in conditions that were otherwise safe for travel. By the numbers, the new guidelines allow double the amount of particles in the air from volcanic ash before it is considered unsafe to fly.

Travelers wondering what volcanic ash can do to an airplane can read this feature from Jalopnik, but the basic principle is that particles are melted in the intake and cooled down in the turbine. If enough gets trapped there, a jet engine can stop spinning.

[Image: NOAA]

Tags: Travel Restrictions, UK air travel, volcanic ash

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