The problems with long distance travails …
Originally posted by BBC:
Italy has fined Irish low-cost airline Ryanair 3m euros (£2.5m) for failing to help passengers after cancelling their flights during the volcanic ash crisis.
Italy's civil aviation authority said it knew of 178 cases of passengers who did not receive mandatory assistance, such as food, between 17 and 22 April.
Ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano triggered a massive shutdown of European airspace last month.
Ryanair was not immediately available for comment.
The ash cloud paralysed many airports and left an estimated eight million tourists and business travellers stranded.
Italy's air agency, Enac, accused Ryanair of failing to provide passengers at Rome's Ciampino airport with drinks, foods and accommodation as required by European law.
Well, who'd have believed it?