Flight disruptions in Europe get even worse

A aircraft maintenance worker covers a jet engine at Belfast City Airport, Northern Ireland, Friday, April, 16, 2010. The airport was closed due to a cloud of volcanic ash in the upper atmosphere above much of Europe, emanating from a volcanic eruption near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland. The volcanic ash is a hazard to jet aircraft engines, causing the cancellation of many flights over European airspace. ((AP Photo/Peter Morrison))

April 16, 2010 1:31:02 PM PDT
Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars.