Volcanic Ash Continues To Hamper Air Travel

The ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano that erupted last week continues to render much of Europe's air space too dangerous to fly. Tens of thousands of travelers are stranded and impatient. Meanwhile, numerous world leaders canceled plans to attend Sunday's funeral for the Polish president and first lady. Host Guy Raz has this update on the effects of the volcano.

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GUY RAZ, host:

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By the end of today, more than 63,000 flights will have been canceled in Europe since Thursday, and all of this, as you know by now, is because of an erupting volcano in Iceland and the cloud of ash that still covers most of Europe.

Now, the good news is that sometime tomorrow, that ash may dissipate further, and air traffic above the continent could start to resume at about half its normal rate, but it will still take days, perhaps weeks, to get things back on track.

Around the world, thousands of tons of fresh produce for export will have to be thrown out after days of sitting around in warehouses. Canceled concerts will have to be rescheduled, even routine diplomatic visits rearranged.

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