Travel news: Aviation meltdowns, China reopening and Mussolini’s ghost

This week’s travel news included China reopening its borders, another aviation disaster in the US, and a look at Italy as a place for history enthusiasts.
News in Arrrrgh-viation

After the system that gives pilots pre-flight safety advisories went out, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its suspension on all domestic flight departures across the US. Pete Muntean, a CNN aviation correspondent, covers the effects.
Another airplane disaster this week. The system that provides pilots with safety notices experienced an outage on Wednesday, significantly disrupting domestic aircraft departures across the country. Federal authorities in the US are still investigating “thousands” of complaints on Southwest Airlines’ holiday disaster.

Earlier this month, a teen pilot flying a single-engine plane with family members on board was forced to make an emergency landing close to a California highway. Both incidents included passengers who were detained on a shuttle van to their plane as it took off without them in Bangaluru, India.
Though not everything is pain and chaos. Beginning February 1, Delta Air Lines will offer free Wi-Fi, and much-anticipated new planes may soon be flying.
Historical tourism in Italy
After a 20-year restoration process, a historic Pompeii residence that was most likely owned by two liberated slaves before being destroyed in the eruption of 79 CE is now open to the public. The home is adorned with a wide variety of exceptional works of art. Watch this.
More contentious historical repercussions of Italy’s 20th century exist. Last year, a map of the nation’s fascist monuments was published online, listing more than 1,400 locations connected to Benito Mussolini’s rule.
One of the locations listed is Villa Carpena, a mansion in the Emilia Romagna region of northeastern Italy that is said to be haunted by Mussolini and several of his family members. According to the owners, “This place is alive with their presence, they are all still here and we can feel them, they are constantly watching us.”
China widens

After three years of stringent regulations, China’s borders were once again opened without the need for quarantine. CNN’s Selina Wang spoke with Jane Sun, CEO of the Chinese travel website, about what the travel sector might anticipate with open Chinese borders.
China reopened its borders on January 8 following Covid’s three-year exile, and happy reunions occurred at airports all around the nation. One newlywed who had split up from her husband said, “I’ve waited for this for so long. Now… everything starts to become better.”
Chinese airlines are starting new routes in addition to restoring flight connections, making it simpler for tourists in Budapest, Athens, Johannesburg, and other important cities to travel to China and vice versa.
Unsurprisingly, Chinese consumers are increasingly showing record-breaking interest in international travel. CNN surveyed tourists to learn which locations were on their bucket lists.
Week’s most misbehaving traveler
The boa constrictor was a little uncomfortable within the bag.
The boa constrictor was a little uncomfortable within the bag.
Boa constrictors move in a straight path, in contrast to snakes, which slither. A boa constrictor would have also flown straight up in the air if one Florida woman had her way. Fortunately, TSA personnel discovered the four-foot-long chunky reptile in her hand luggage before any passengers became tense.
On a sleeper train, love
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Katy and Randy are trained in Chance Encounters 01
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Katy and Randy are trained in Chance Encounters (2004).
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Katy and Randy are trained by Chance Encounters in 2006
railway romance In the summer of 1991, Londoner Katy Vernon and American Randy Vanderwood connected on the same sleeper train from Amsterdam to Berlin. Katy and Randy are now wed and sharing a home in the US.
CNN, Alberto Mier, graphic Photos provided Kathryn Vernon
British acting student Katy Vernon observed US airman Randy Vanderwood on a train platform in Amsterdam in 1991 and remarked, “He seems really clean and American. Randy described Katy and her companions as “loud and obnoxious.”
Their marriage has now lasted 30 years.
Amsterdam is attempting to discourage party tourists with its “stay away” campaign, in case you missed it.
In contrast, Dubai is luring drinkers by eliminating its 30% alcohol tax. Still, there are restrictions on alcohol.
Finding his family required a Californian to travel across three continents using DNA analysis.
“After believing for a lifetime that I was a fundamental White American, I discovered it was just partially true.”
On England’s southwest coast, a little rural airfield has been transformed into a potential Space Race participant.
The following mission should be more fruitful.
For dining at the most Michelin-starred establishments in a single day, a New Yorker achieved a global record.
Which was strained further: His pocketbook or his stomach?
20 must-pack items
Going hand-luggage-only is more appealing than ever given how frequently travelers’ checked baggage have recently embarked on their own independent adventures—one woman’s suitcase even visited McDonald’s.
This list of 20 products has been compiled by our friends at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned resource for product ratings and suggestions, to help you pack more efficiently and without forgetting any of your essentials.



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