Iceland Volcano Spews More Ash, Fuels Traveler Fury

Hundreds of exasperated tourists hunkered down Saturday at JFK Airport, sleeping on cots while waiting for word on the Icelandic ash cloud that kept them stranded in Queens.

Hundreds of exasperated tourists hunkered down Saturday at JFK Airport, sleeping on cots while waiting for word on the Icelandic ash cloud that kept them stranded in Queens.

Terminal 4 was filled with would-be passengers from Ireland, Germany, England and France as the volcanic cloud continued to wreak havoc on air traffic around the world.

Honeymooners Paul and Tracy Sheehan, of Kent, England, were among those trapped by the ashy atmosphere.

The couple arrived to catch a transfer flight on Friday night - only to hear the next available American Airlines flight home was one week away.

"It's been a nightmare," said Tracy, 30, after spending the night inside an airport Starbucks. "We both need to be back to work. ... One minute I feel it's all really bizarre, then I feel really stressed."

Ellen Gallagher, 58, of Dublin, spent her night on the terminal floor after missing out on one of the 250 cots with matching blue blankets.

She, her husband and their son had their Friday night connecting flight canceled. The earliest they can catch a flight to Ireland: Thursday, according to Delta Airlines officials.

"It's ridiculous," she said. "They're trying to cater to everyone, but it's hard. ... They didn't offer us anywhere to stay - they said the city's full.

"We don't know what we're going to do."

Scientists in Iceland said Saturday there was no imminent respite to the volcanic explosions responsible for the growing cloud.

"The activity has been quite vigorous overnight, causing the eruption column to grow," geologist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson told The Associated Press.

"Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an end in sight."

The enormous cloud of ash and grit - which poses a catastrophic threat to plane engines - still hovered over much of Western Europe and stranded travelers across the globe.

Source: AP