Ash clouds are nobody´s favorite thing except perhaps photographers. Wstera2

Ash clouds are nobody´s favorite thing except perhaps photographers. Wstera2

Boy, does Justin Timberlake have his fingers crossed at this moment in time. The musician is doing a concert in Kopavogur, Iceland and could possibly be grounded for some time if that rather-more-pronounceable volcano Bardarbunga blows its top.

But we´re not worried about Mr. Timberlake. He probably has a back-up plan ready. But what about the rest of us folks? What are our rights if flights are grounded because of volcanic eruption? Is it any more clear now than in 2010 when Eyjafjallajokull volcano shook the world?

In short, passengers stranded somewhere and flying with European airlines have protection and airlines are required to provide a hotel and meals until they can get you home again. This applies for as long as you are stranded. Period. No matter what the airlines say.

However, if flying with airlines from elsewhere you might want to keep some extra money in your pocket since few, if any, offer duty of care protection demanded of European airlines. You will have to fork out for the extra stay yourself.

In some cases, travel insurance will help out but this depends on the insurance and the insurance company itself. Some assist fairly and squarely while others make a noise about paying for much of anything. Do check before flying and preferably get the details in writing just in case.

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