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Kilauea Is Now Spitting Blue Flames as Airlines Extend Waivers

May 24, 2018
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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is still erupting — and now its flames are changing colors.

Methane emanating from cracks in Kilauea's lava flow is turning the flames a bright shade of blue. A video released from the US Geological Survey shows the blue flames flickering on top of the molten rock that has been oozing through the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Big Island.

The lava produces methane as it flows through wooded areas and burns plants and trees. “The methane gas will flow through the ground, through the cracks that are already existing, and will come up wherever there’s a place for them to come up,” Wendy Stovall, a scientist with the US Geological Survey, explained.

You can watch the video of the blue flames below:

Airlines serving Hawaii have extended their travel waivers for the area. Most waivers have been in effect since the volcano began erupting at the beginning of May. Here are the latest updates:


  • Travel dates: May 7 – 25
  • Airports covered: Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Ticket must be reissued on or before: May 28
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than: May 28
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond May 28, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue.
  • If travel is not able to be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance. Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates.


  • Travel dates: May 5 – 28
  • Airports covered: Hilo, Hawaii (ITO) and Kona, Hawaii (KOA)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by May 5, 2018
  • Rebooked travel can occur May 5 -28
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook In the same or cabin or pay the difference.
  • Avoid the phone queue. Changes available on both AA’s website and in the AA app.

Hawaiian Airlines:

  • Travel date: May 3 – 31
  • Airport covered: Hilo Airport (ITO) ad Kona Airport (KOA).
  • Must have purchased ticket on/before May 4
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than June 7
  • In addition, for changes made to new flights on or before June 7, 2018, any resulting difference in fare(s) will be waived provided that change is made to the same compartment (i.e. Coach to Coach or First Class to First Class) and there is no change in origin and destination. For changes made to new flights after June 7, 2018, the change fee will be waived but applicable difference in fare will be collected.
  • Changes to origin and/or destination or connecting/stopover point will be permitted without change fee and are subject to applicable fare difference.


  • Travel date: May 16 – 25
  • Airports covered: Hilo, HI (ITO) and Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing between May 16, 2018 - May 25, 2018 as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​
  • For wholly rescheduled travel departing after May 25, 2018, or for a change in departure or destination city, the change fee will be waived, but a difference in fare may apply. Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued.

H/T: The AP via Time

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