Travel Nightmares: From Volcanoes to Ritual Sacrifice

What's your worst travel nightmare? For millions of people around the globe, it had to be the Apr. 14 eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which brought European air travel to a dead stop for six days. But for a handful of Nepal Airlines passengers it might have been the time they were stranded at Tribhuvan Airport in 2007. Technical problems had grounded their Boeing 757, according to a Reuters report, and the mechanics were not confident they could make the necessary repairs. So airline officials came up with a creative solution: To appease the Hindu god of sky protection, Akash Bhairab, they trotted out two goats and, to the horror of some of the passengers and the relief of others, sacrificed them right on the tarmac.

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