Some passengers, stranded, have to make the best of things. At the same time, airports are doing their best to help. An example is the Frankfurt Airport, which rolled out cots for those stranded to sleep on. Frankfurt Airport is also distributing food, personal hygiene items as well as diapers and baby food. Additionally, for passengers unable to access medications in their checked baggage, they have also implemented a pharmacy service. It's unclear how they will verify prescriptions, however.
It is not just passengers that are suffering, however. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that Europeans try to stay indoors if ash begins falling in their area. While WHO spokesman David Epstein said the agency did not know the exact health risks from the ash cloud, however, there would definitely be heightened risk for those suffering from asthma or other respiratory illness.
In terms of the disruptions, German authorities halted flights to 11 of the nation's 16 international airports. That includes the aforementioned Frankfurt Airport, which is Europe's second busiest. British civil aviation authorities said there would be no flights over England until Saturday morning at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the disruptions may postpone Sunday's funeral for Poland's President President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, who were among those killed in an earlier plane crash. While that information was given by an official in the presidential administration, the couple's family later said the services would go ahead.
Dozens of world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama are due to attend the funeral at Krakow's Wawel cathedral in southern Poland. On Friday Krakow airport was one of only two in Poland still open.
Written by Michael Santo