Lake Worth father stuck in Amsterdam

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - A Lake Worth father of two was supposed to be a on a relatively quick business trip to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Now, he's stuck and is not sure when he will come back.

He is a virtual employee who works from home for a software company. He can still get his job done a continent away, but there are major inconveniences and major heartache -- not knowing when he will see his wife and two kids here at home.

"It's relatively small, but it could be worse because there are people sleeping on the floor in airports," said Jason Hersh of Lake Worth.

He considers himself lucky. His Amsterdam hotel room maybe tiny, but at least he has a roof over his head while he's stuck an ocean away. "The biggest issue is my wife is left at home. I have two small kids, 5 and 8, and I miss being with them."

Hersh, who spoke to Juan Carlos via Skype Tuesday evening, was supposed to be on a quick four-day business trip in the Netherlands. But four days turned to eight days and counting; his plan going up in smoke last week when a volcano in Iceland erupted, sending a plume of ash and smoke across Europe, grounding tens of thousand of flights including his.

With his visit expanding to over a week, he's now running out of medicine. "You plan to leave for a couple of days, bring what you need, pack light with small bags. Next thing, you know, you are running out of medicine, running out of clothes."

KLM has scheduled his return flight for Thursday at the earliest. Until then, Hersh makes the best of the situation. He's been talking with his family through Skype which helps, but there is a six hour difference between our time and his.

Here's his message for them. "I love you, and I miss you. I will see you when I get home."

Hersh says Twitter has been his best friend through all this. He gets updates on his flight through KLM Airlines' Twitter account.