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As Iceland volcano ash lingers over Europe, stranded travelers' patience wanes

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Some were stressed because they needed to get back to their offices.

Others were stressed because this had been their opportunity to get away from their offices.

Some had weddings to attend. Others, funerals.

Couples were arguing. Babies were crying. Siblings were punching each other. Airline representatives were, it would seem, by and large AWOL.

'Not ideal'

The whole thing, as was put in typically English understatement by William and Gloria Rogers – who were headed to New Zealand for their long awaited retirement trip – was “not ideal.”

“We considered a terror attack, but this – Oh no, this is too much,” Mr. Rogers said.

Tent cities

Where there any bright spots? Anything learned? Any random acts of kindness and neighborliness to shore up one’s faith in human nature during times of trouble?

Well, two Dutch guys with tents and camping gear heading to a trek in Nepal got friendly with two American contractors, on their way home to Florida after a year in Afghanistan. The contractors also had tents and the little group got together and set up a tent city near the Marks and Spencer mini store in Terminal 3.

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