Travel News: Aviation Meltdowns, China Reopening And Mussolinis Ghost
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — In travel news this week, China reopened its borders, the U.S. Air Force is at another standstill, and we're looking at Italy as a destination for history buffs.
The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted recalls on all US domestic departures it had issued after the system that gives pilots pre-flight safety alerts went offline. CNN aviation correspondent Pete Montaigne reports on the impact.
Another week, another aviation accident. Domestic flights were suspended in the United States on Wednesday after a system that provides pilot safety alerts malfunctioned, causing major disruption. Meanwhile, US federal officials are still dealing with "thousands" of complaints about Southwest Airlines' holiday depression.
A group of passengers in Bangalore, India, were trapped on a shuttle to their plane when they saw it take off without them, and earlier this month, a teenage pilot piloting a single-engine plane with family members Edge had to make an emergency landing. Near a California freeway.
Historical tours in Italy
An ancient house in Pompeii that probably belonged to two freed slaves before being buried during an eruption in AD 79 has been reopened to the public after a 20-year restoration project. The house is filled with a variety of wonderful works of art. look here
Part of the historical legacy of 20th century Italy is more controversial. A map of the country's fascist monuments was published online last year, documenting more than 1,400 monuments linked to Benito Mussolini's dictatorship.
One of the places listed is Villa Carpena, a mansion in the northeastern region of Emilia-Romagna, whose owner says they are haunted by the ghosts of Mussolini and his family: "This place comes alive with their presence , they are all still there and we can feel them, they are watching us."
As China's borders reopen without quarantine requirements after three years of strict restrictions, CNN's Selina Wang talks with Jin Sun, CEO of Chinese travel platform Trip.com, about what the travel industry can do with opening China's borders.
After three years of Covid restrictions, China reopened its borders on January 8 and happy gatherings were held at airports across the country. "I've been waiting for this for a long time, and now … things are starting to get better," said one of the newlyweds.
In addition to restoring flight routes, the Chinese airline has introduced new routes that will make it easier for travelers from Budapest, Athens, Johannesburg and other major cities to visit China and vice versa.
Not surprisingly, demand for overseas travel among Chinese consumers is now at an all-time high. CNN spoke to travelers to find out which destinations are at the top of their wish lists.
Missing traveler this week
It was a bit tight for the boa constrictor in the bag.
Unlike snakes, which move in an S shape, boas move in a straight line. And if a woman succeeds in Florida, the boa constrictor will also fly through the air. Fortunately, TSA agents found the massive four-foot-tall reptile in his bag before the travelers were swept away.
Love on the sleeper train
"She looks so clean and American," thought British theater student Katie Vernon when she saw American pilot Randy Vanderwood on a train platform in Amsterdam in 1991. Randy thought Katie and her friends were "loud and boisterous."
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Bill B. in Washington and author and historian Michael Pembroke