Ash from Iceland volcano cancels flights worldwide

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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND (WFLX) - Ash from an erupting volcano is spreading across Europe canceling thousands of flights and affecting countless travelers in the United States and around the world.

It's the biggest flight interruption since September 11, 2001; thousands of air travelers on six continents are grounded following a massive ash cloud floating miles above earth -- powerful enough to knock out jet engines.

The ash cloud was generated from a remote Icelandic volcano which began erupting on Wednesday. It became a menace to air travel as it drifted toward northern Europe.

"Nobody has any idea at this moment. We know that a lot of airspaces in Europe are closed. England, Belgium is already closed, Denmark, Scandinavia," said one traveler.

It looks like air travel may be no better Friday. British Civil Aviation authorities say there will be no flights over England until Saturday morning at the earliest.

In the U.S., officials with the FAA are attempting to reroute some trans-continental flights, but if you are flying Friday, your best bet is to call ahead.