Today's ruling the EU court on the duty of care owed to passengers by airlines is significant. Our guide to how it could affect you.
The airlines like Ryanair argued it was an "act of God" but today an "act of court" dramatically clarified passengers rights.
Ryanair should have compensated passengers whose flights were cancelled because of volcanic ash in 2010, the EU's top court has found.
A plane has flown through the first-ever artificial ash cloud created in a bid to see how a passenger aircraft can cope with volcanic eruptions.
The experiment by easyJet, who plan to have volcanic sensor detection equipment fitted on its planes, saw one Airbus disperse a tonne of Icelandic ash into the atmosphere at between 9,000ft and 11,000ft.
This created conditions similar to the 2010 eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull - an event that caused widespread travel chaos across Europe.
A second test aircraft with volcanic sensors fitted to it then flew towards the cloud, identifying and measuring it from around 40 miles away.
A third small plane flew through the artificial ash cloud to take measurements and see how they compared with the data gained by the volcanic sensor detection equipment.
The technology detected the cloud and measured its density which showed that it was within the range of concentrations measured during the ash crisis in April and May 2010.
Low-cost airline Ryanair has announced it will move to fully allocated seating on all flights from February 2014.
Passengers who do not pay €5 (£4.23) to select their seats will be allocated them during the 24 hours prior to departure.
The airline said the move was in response to feedback from customers who complained about rushing to the airport in a bid to get the best seats.
Ryanair also warned that its profits are likely to fall for the first time in five years.
A technical issue on the easyJet website has meant travellers are unable to use the online check-in or booking facilities. There are reports of long queues at airports as all passengers are forced to manually check-in.
Many motorists have welcomed the launch of a new 'super-camera' designed to catch speeding drivers, although others surveyed on the ITV News Facebook page labelled it a "cash cow".
Helen Clare was among a majority of readers who backed the anti-speeding device, saying:
– Helen Clare
We don't want drivers speeding through our towns and past our schools because they hurt and kill people. If you don't speed you won't get fined. I say double and treble the fine each time a driver is caught speeding.
Fellow Facebook user Steve Gizzy agreed that drivers who were caught speeding only had themselves to blame:
– Steve Gizzy
Speed limits are put in place for a reason. I obey the speed limits, yet most drive 50 mph in 30 mph zones so deserve to be pulled over. If you can't slow down or be considerate in built-up places then it's your own fault.
However, many others believed that councils had introduced the speed cameras simply to make money, such as Adrian Murphy who said:
– Adrian Murphy
This isn't just a speed camera, it's designed to catch the most trivial offence. Some traffic systems are set up to make it almost impossible not to offend. It's a cash cow
Councils have already started trial runs of a super-camera which can catch 50 times more dangerous drivers.
According to the Daily Mail the councils already using ZenGrab councils are:
- More than 1,000 offences were caught in four weeks by Westminster council compared to just 271 photographed on Gasto cameras in an entire year.
- Manchester installed 15 cameras last month.
- Nottingham is upgrading to ZenGrab Mk 2
- Both Glasgow and Medway in Kent already have the system in operation.
New speed cameras designed to catch more drivers have two lenses and night vision and are being bought by local authorities in anticipation of an upcoming law change.
Transport minister Norman Baker said all councils should have the power to fine drivers for passing no-entry signs or making illegal U-turns and right turns.
Councils within London already have those powers under the 2004 Traffic Management Act, but the government is now reviewing that situation for across the country.
Presently, cameras installed outside London are only used to enforce bus lanes.
Councils have unveiled a super-camera which is capable of catching up to 50 times more drivers as they break the speed limit.
The £17,000 speed cameras are being snapped up by local authorities across the country as they would be able to find drivers for a greater range offences.
Some critics are already arguing the new system - known as ZenGrab LaneWatch Mk2 - will simply use motorists as "cash cows", while fining drivers for every contravention to boost council income would be "immoral".
The new cameras can also track drivers who wander into yellow box junctions or make prohibited turns.
Roughly a third of British travellers take their own food away with them.
As many as 35% of tourists said they had packed food when they travelled on their last trip overseas, a survey by online travel agency sunshine.co.uk found.
The most popular reason for taking food away on holiday was to save money, followed by admissions of being fussy eaters or not finding the fare they liked.
Some travelled with treats as they knew they would crave them if they did not take them. Others said they took food for their children while others had special dietary requirements.
Cereal and bread topped the list of food taken away on trips, followed by chocolate, crisps, pasta and tea bags. Other items included biscuits and tinned food. Only 21% of those who admitted taking food away with them were on self-catering breaks.
A total of 1,996 people aged 18 and over from around the UK were questioned. Each had been on holiday abroad in the past 12 months.
Motorists are falling foul of a new insurance fraud scheme dubbed "flash for crash".
The latest tactic sees cars lying in wait for victims to exit from shops, car parks or fuel stations and sees fraudsters flash their headlights, offering the victim a right of way to join a main road, before speeding up to ensure their car is hit side-on.
Fraud experts Asset Protection Unit has warned that some 380 false insurance claims are made daily, costing the motor industry £1.7 million a year and pushing up insurance premiums.
The Highway Code recommends that drivers do not take flashing headlights as a signal to proceed, despite most motorists using the signal.
Steve Cleverdon, who broke his neck in Malaysia, has told ITV Daybreak about his experience trying to find a hospital without having insurance. The total bill was £4,000.