Atlanta - (Ass Mess): A fifty year old Floridian Samuel L Jackson lookalike has been fined a record $8,000 after being caught flying with 30 dead snakes in his hand luggage on an flight originating in South Korea.
Security officials from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were called to the Korean Airways plane after landing as cabin crew reported an odd, pungent smell that had been worrying them since take-off in Seoul.
The Florida man was taken into custody and searched by Customs who reported finding eight boa constrictors, four 'very rare and valuable' Russian giant pythons, ten Chinese Endangered Species List river snakes, five baby Mongolian rattlesnakes, an Egyptian asp and a mating pair of Australian hump-backed vipers.
"All of them dead!" said a US Fish and Wildlife Services spokesman and part-time member of the Organic Reptile-skin Luggage Manufacturers' Association of Georgia.
The reptiles were impounded and later reported to have "vanished into thin air".
A typical Russian giant python skin is worth an estimated $5,000 on the black market and is the haute couture industry's latest must-have ingredient for accessorising the Winter/Spring 2008 fashion collections.