Airline trials ash cloud avoidance invention

easyJet trials ash cloud avoidance technology Credit: PA

A new invention no heavier than a bag of sugar could help prevent a repeat of the travel chaos caused at our region's airports by the 2010 volcanic ash cloud.

Luton based airline easyJet have been trialling the new technology called Avoid, or airborne volcanic object identifier and detector.

It should enable pilots to spot ash clouds up to 60 miles away.