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Europe's highest suspension bridge officially opened at the Swiss mountain resort of Engelberg. At 3,000m above sea level, the 100m-long Titlis Cliff Walk offers views that look 500m down into a snowy abyss -- but don't worry, those at Engelberg claim it's impossible to fall. [CNN]

Flying seems to get more user unfriendly every year, but an automated drink cart called SkyTender could improve the air travel experience by speeding up beverage service for passengers. Reviews after its maiden voyage are mostly positive. [CNET]

In a rare victory for passengers, Southwest Airlines has settled a class-action suit over its decision to stop honouring drink vouchers, and has agreed to pay out as much as $29 million, or the equivalent of 5.8 million beers. Cheers to that. [Yahoo]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

The UK government has officially decided to call a previously unnamed part of the British Antarctic Territory Queen Elizabeth Land. No word yet on whether the Queen will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the 169,000 square mile chunk of frozen tundra (almost twice the size of the UK), but we're doubtful. [BBC]

In other news we couldn't possibly make up, it turns out that sacks of potatoes are responsible for wi-fi capabilities in aeroplanes... sort of. To ensure in-flight wi-fi signals don’t affect plane navigation and communication systems, aircraft manufacturer Boeing ran tests using 20,000 pounds of spuds to simulate human bodies. [The Verge] 

The Professional Association of Innkeepers launched a campaign dubbed Death to Doilies earlier this year in an effort to update the traditional bed and breakfast, attract younger crowds and stay relevant in the tourism industry. Some are serving local food, for example, but the push for modernisation also has its naysayers. [NPR]

Newly announced TSA standards, just in time for holiday travel, now make it possible to carry that small snow globe on board, though the jar of holiday preserves still has to be checked in. Also starting in the New Year, children under 12 and adults over 75 will be allowed to pass through security without removing their shoes. Small steps… [NPR]

Turbulence
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

The Indonesian government is considering a bill that would ban alcohol throughout the archipelago, which could crush the tourism industry on islands like Bali, whose visitors are accustomed to poolside cocktails and beachside Bintangs. [Sydney Morning Herald]

In a dubious attempt to avoid paying luggage fees, a man flying from China to Kenya decided to wear the entire contents of his luggage, about 70 pieces of clothing. He waddled (we assume) to the security checkpoint, but unfortunately his gadget-stuffed pockets set off metal detectors and resulted in what must have been a time-consuming full-body search.  [Gawker]

Southwest Air has made a name for itself by holding off from adding fees for things like checked baggage and flight changes, but the US carrier has been quietly adding a host of unusual fees, the newest of which charges passengers who don't show up for flights. [Economist]

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