Good news from CNN and Lufthansa; it is looking good for our arrival tomorrow night. There is some talk about the closure being unnecessary. I think the truth is we know more about ash clouds than we knew before.
I read and listened to the pilots who few into these clouds in 1982 and 1989 and they lost all power in all there engines. I do NOT want to be on a plane that louses all power! I get the impression that these pilots thought that flying through ash would like flying through water vapor and discovered that flying through an ash cloud was much different.
As I understand it airlines and manufactures have made test flights and analyzed the data and it turns out it is safe. (Well, maybe it is safe; nobody cashed today :)).
The only way to live well in this world is to trust others. I chose to trust that the shut down was good and prudent. I also chose to believe that the reopening was because there is good data to support that flying is now safe. (As opposed to believing they are reopened because the airlines put pressure on authorities to open because they were lousing money. A possibility I chose not to believe).
I also believe that the airport will be very crowded tomorrow. I believe that every seat on the plane will be filled and it will be a pretty uncomfortable flight. But, I will be in Phoenix for the celebration of my friend’s wedding, 50th Birthday party and just a generally good time. I am really looking forward to the weekend!