Travel news: Pilot battle in the cockpit, a 1,000 km/h train and an underwater expedition

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(CNN) — It’s Labor Day weekend in the US and Canada and just plain old September everywhere else. CNN Travel is back with another weekly roundup of news from planes, trains, the great outdoors and the depths of the ocean.

life at sea

A new underwater expedition will depart on September 4 to explore the unexplored mysteries of the Maldives. There’s a lot to discover: the tiny Asian island nation is 99% ocean and only 1% land.
And in Iceland, tourism officials were outraged this summer by the resumption of whaling after a four-year hiatus. The hunting season ends this month and may well be the last in Iceland.

Sky News

Two Air France pilots were suspended after a fight in the cockpit, and a Southwest Airlines flight was halted after a passenger sent a naked photo to other pilots.
This follows news that complaints from air travelers to the United States in June rose 270% from pre-pandemic levels. Here’s our guide on what to do if your luggage is delayed, lost or damaged: You might want to add this to your favourites.
A bald eagle surprised travelers at the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, after crossing the regular security line in late August. And an 11-year-old Vizsla-Labrador mix named Eebbers won the US Transportation Security Administration’s cutest dog contest: Take a look at him here.

Our animal friends

Lucas, a San Diego Zoo penguin who suffers from a chronic condition called bumblefoot, was recently fitted with custom orthopedic shoes.

In zoo news, Cincinnati has a new baby hippo called Fritz, and England’s Paradise Wildlife Park has taken in an endangered red panda cub.
The Fort Worth Zoo has a baby elephant who loves to play with bubbles – watch him here having fun with a bubble maker – while a San Diego penguin has been fitted with special orthopedic shoes to help him with his bumblefoot.
Asia’s largest bird park is set to close after more than 50 years of hosting our feathered friends, and last month Indonesian tourism workers went on strike over a massive increase in ticket prices for see the country’s famous Komodo dragons – access now costs $250.
And finally, the Chiang Mai Zoo in Thailand offers an unusual exercise to prepare for animal escapes: a staff member plays around in a giant ostrich costume.

Create tracks

Canada could receive a 1,000 km/h vacuum tube train. Its creators hope FluxJet will be in service by 2035. And Hong Kong’s much-loved Peak Tram has reopened with a new look after being closed for more than a year.

European hilltop towns

You know you’re living the high life when the horizon stretches for days. Europe has hundreds of picturesque towns and villages perched on lush hills and rocky headlands. Here are 14 of the most amazing.

In case you missed it

On August 31, La Tomatina, the “world’s biggest food battle”, saw thousands of revelers kill each other over ripe tomatoes. look here.
But days earlier, a truck on a California highway drove past them, causing a huge spill of crushed tomatoes that took transport workers hours to clean up. See what happened.

Capital cities often have a unique energy, quite different from the rest of the country.

70 years ago they fought to defend South Korea.

England’s beaches have a sewer problem.

The best shoulder bags

Why do savvy travelers love shoulder bags so much? Maybe it’s the hands-free feature. Maybe it’s the well-distributed weight distribution. Or it could be the security benefits that make them much harder to steal than backpacks. Either way, our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned product review and recommendation guide, rounded up 20 of their favorite shoulder bags perfect for travel.

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