(CNN) — More than 20 new destinations have been added to the United States’ riskiest travel category, and an airline crisis over 5G has been largely averted this week.
At least life is good in the ocean, where a beautiful 3 kilometer long coral reef has just been discovered off Tahiti.
Here are the biggest new stories this week from CNN Travel.
“Delinquent, totally irresponsible”
Bear spray, a chainsaw and a meth-stuffed burrito are just some of the unusual items confiscated by the US Transportation Security Administration last year. The agency has published its annual list of Top 10 captures with the aim of raising awareness and also a few chuckles.
Tim Clark, chairman of the Emirates airline Emirates, called the US handling of the 5G mess “delinquent” and “totally irresponsible”. But the doomsday scenario is over, say some US airline executives.
22 new “very high” risk destinations
It would probably be quicker to tell you which destinations have not been added to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Level 4” high-risk travel category.
All continents except Antarctica were represented this week as 22 new locations have been added to the list, including Australia, Argentina and Egypt. Another 22 have been added to the Level 3 “high” risk category.
The UK, meanwhile, is considering Covid becoming rampant and easing restrictions accordingly. Covid tests for vaccinated travelers entering Britain could be scrapped as early as next month, reports say.
Movement in the ocean
The 3 km long “twilight zone” reef is one of the largest on record, according to UNESCO.
Scientists have discovered a 3-kilometre-long pristine coral reef off the coast of Tahiti, deep in what is known as the “twilight zone” of the ocean. It’s one of the biggest on record, and divers say it’s “magical to see.”
A rare rainbow-hued octopus was spotted swimming on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef this week. Marine biologist Jacinta Shackleton caught her elegant belt in action.
If the slinky cephalopod inspires you to drape yourself in a lounge chair like the colorful, exquisite creature you know you are, we’ve put together this roundup of seven stunning new resorts in the maldives you can visit in 2022.
Castles you can visit (and one you can’t)
It’s been a big week for Medieval Fortifications on CNN Travel.
Or maybe Osaka Castle is more your style, with its mint-green tiles and samurai heritage. It’s just one of a great harvest Japanese castles which you can still visit.
Unfortunately, a famous castle has announced that it will not be laying down its drawbridge for a much-loved annual event.
Fast-food chain White Castle, whose budget-friendly Valentine’s Day “foodie” nights have become legendary, scrapped its in-house celebrations in February – although you can still order a $15 “Love Cube” meals to be delivered.
Nicole Smith-Ludvik promoting Expo 2020 Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa.
What do you get when you combine an A380 superjumbo, the tallest building in the world, and a very brave stuntwoman?
Another one daring waterfall by Emirates, which for the second time sent a stuntwoman in a flight attendant uniform to a tiny perch some 830 meters from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
This time around they got one of the largest passenger jets in the world – Emirates has 115 A380s in its fleet – to fly over at the same height as the building.
Also in the news this week, British-Belgian teenager Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman solo around the world. The 19-year-old completed her 41-country odyssey on January 20.
Don’t try this at home
Spain’s “Las Luminarias” festival is back for the first time since the pandemic began, according to Reuters. About 100 horses jumped through bonfires, following an ancient annual tradition.
Spain’s annual “Las Luminarias” festival, in which horses leap through a “purifier” fire, is back in January for the first time since the pandemic began. Further south, Anthony Bourdain traveled to Andalusia in 2013 for the “Semana Santa” festivities around Easter. You can Listen to the podcast here.
In case you missed it
A restaurant in Canada had to close its dining room because it accepted dog photos instead of vaccination cards.
It is better not to sound the death knell for free breakfasts at the hotel.
Tripadvisor has unveiled its most popular global destination for 2022.
Top image: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory (Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images)