As the flight freeze stops Britain in its tracks, and turns people Easter breaks into an extended volcation, amongst the tension a wave of wartime spirit is emerging. Lost, stranded, and with their holiday funds on empty, grounded flyers are going to extreme lengths to get home. We’ve heard heart-lifting stories of private jet owners ferrying schoolchildren home from their Easter trips and grooms taking £5000 cab rides across Europe to get to the altar on time. Dan Snow, the son of BBC presenter Peter Snow, paid for powerboats to carry people across the Channel. Honourable mention goes to the British airways Gold Card holder who, when told there were no foot passenger tickets left on the ferry from Calais, bought a foot high kiddies bike from a second hand shop and cycled up the ramp with suitcases strapped to his back. It’s restored our faith in the human spirit - just like that scene in Home Alone, you know, when the rock band drives Mum home to poor, little MaCaulay… But with an erupting volcano in the background!
Our very own deputy editor was stranded in Malta, and when she last called in she was setting off in a hire car, on a mission to get home in time to run the marathon on Sunday.
Grazia readers, are any of you stranded too? If so, we want to hear your flight freeze stories: what lengths are you going to, to get home? And good luck on your journey…
By Amy Molloy