The LG Travel News Roundup: Animal Smuggler Caught in Bangkok Airport

Weekly Travel News — By on May 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Thai airport smuggler hides animals in suitcasesIn Bangkok airport, it’s Panthers and Leopards and Monkeys, oh my!

A 36-year-old citizen of the United Arab Emirates was arrested at Bangkok’s International Airport with suitcases filled with two baby leopards, two panthers, two macaque monkeys and an Asiatic black bear—and no, these were not stuffed animals. The puppy-sized animals had been drugged and placed in flat cages or canisters that had air holes. It has been estimated that the animals would have sold for more than $5,000 each in Dubai. Source: AOL

New York Dining at Its Finest–Popup Meal Goes Underground

The well-known supper club, “A Razor, A Shiny Knife,” provided a six-course gourmet meal in a Brooklyn-bound New York City L train earlier this month. The train departed from Manhattan’s 8th Ave station and in under an hour, served passengers caviar, fois gras and filet mignon, amongst other dishes. The meal, which had an estimated cost of $1,600, was not MTA approved, however nobody was fined or arrested. Source: Gadling

WANTED in Italy: The Real Mona Lisa

Archeologists in Italy are searching for the remains of the 16th century woman who is believed to be the model for Leonardo’s world-famous portrait, Mona Lisa, in a former medieval convent in central Florence. The team is trying to locate the skull of Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo so they can recreate a likeness of what she would have looked like. This could put other theories to rest that claim the subject of Mona Lisa was a man—Gian Giacomo Caprotti—due to her large hands or a composite of several faces. Source: IGN

It’s Not All Sunny Skies for Two Southwest Passengers

On Easter Sunday, two passengers were told by Southwest airlines during a layover that they were too overweight to fly. The employee reportedly didn’t know the weight restrictions but insisted the passenger, Kenlie Tiggeman, and her mother were too large. Southwest’s “Customers of Size” policy requires passengers to buy a second seat if they cannot fit between the armrests (17 inches across). Tiggeman and her mother were questioned about their weight and size of clothing in front of more than 100 people. Source: MSNBC

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Travel News Bit

New Android App Helps You Make the Most of a Daytrip

It’s been nearly a year since an Atlanta-based company called DayZipping introduced its novel concept: creating a pool of trips that can take anywhere from one to eight hours, and can be completed by foot, bike, car or train. Last week, they took their plan one step further: making their resources available to you on-the-go via a new app for Android phones. Source: Gadling

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