An eight-hour strike by Alitalia employees and air traffic controllers April 14 caused the Italian national carrier to cancel 320 flights, including 150 international flights. Ryanair and British Airways also canceled flights in and out of Italy. The incident is a reminder that, to reduce the chance of being inconvenienced or stranded, you should learn as much as possible about political conditions and threatened strikes when planning travel to Italy and other countries known for frequent strikes, such as France and Greece.