Travel Crisis Stretches Far and Wide

A cloud of volcanic ash that has spilled over the European atmosphere is having an impact on people in the U.S., too, and even in Meridian.

At Meridian Regional Airport, officials say there are people who want to fly to Europe, but aren't able to at the moment.

Airport president Tom Williams said numerous people have come to airport over the last few days, trying to find out when they might be able to leave. So far, airport officials don't know a lot.

Williams said he knows of only a couple of people who are stranded internationally, trying to fly back to Meridian. One is WTOK's 6 p.m. news anchor, Lindsey Brown.

Lindsey went on vacation in Europe last week, before the volcano erupted. Now she's stranded in Paris. She doesn't know for sure when she will be able to come home.

"For me, it's just a situation of trying to communicate with my parents and for them get me a flight out. I was supposed to leave on Sunday, and my flight has now been scheduled for Friday," Lindsey said by phone Monday. "So I mean, can you imagine how much an extra week in Paris will hurt your travel budget? But I'm not the only one because there are people from all over the world who are also in Paris. When you are walking the streets, you can't tell much of a difference. But if you walk into an Internet cafe, it is amazing you have people lining up at computers with paper scattered around them."

The problem is you have a lot of people traveling in Paris who aren't familiar, don't have the logistics, who have never used the Internet trying to get online to check flights, or confirm information," Lindsey said.

You may follow Lindsey this week on Facebook. Just search for WTOK for updates.


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