Today’s Top Headlines: May 4, 2012


Karl Lagerfeld is lending his ever-sunglassed brand of chic to a new hotel; Spirit Airlines hates making passengers happy, unlike US Airways; three TSA employees are in hot water; Amsterdam’s going to see a boom in tourism between now and January 1; and a couple of Welsh tourists decided to get a jumpstart on production for Hangover 3. Here’s what we’re reading this morning.

Spirit Airlines to raise carry-on bag charge to $100
Spirit Airlines already riddles passengers with various fees that other airlines don’t (they were the first to introduce carry-on bag fees), but they made future travelers see red this week when they announced they’re going to up their carry-on bag fee from $35-45 to $100. {LA Times}

Karl Lagerfeld to redesign Monaco’s Hotel Metropole

Monaco’s luxe Hotel Metropole is set to receive a facelift from none other than Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld. He’ll take on the pool, terrace, gardens, and a new Joel Robuchon restaurant, with some elements of the project debuting as soon as July. Think Grecian—and fabulous. {Telegraph UK}

US Airways doles out per flight perks, at a cost

Unlike Spirit Airlines, US Airways is keen on encouraging travelers to book flights with them. They announced yesterday their PreferredAccess program, which allows customers the chance to enjoy elite traveler perks on a per flight basis. Purchase PreferredAccess—from $10/passenger–to get priority lanes at check-in, security lines, and for Zone 1 boarding access. {USA Today}

Three TSA workers charged for smuggling drugs
The three TSA workers busted for smuggling drugs through Los Angeles International Airport were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury. They’re accused of bringing in surplus of $500,000 worth of drugs—namely methamphetamine and heroin—on Delta flights from Mexico to the U.S. The charges could result in a maximum of life in prison and a fine of $10,000,000. {MSNBC}

London named top destination by TripAdvisor
London knocked Paris off the top of TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s top destinations this year. The list is created by considering a destination’s popularity and travelers’ top rated places. The top five is rounded out, in order, by New York City, Rome, Paris, and San Francisco. {Fox News}

Amsterdam passes law prohibiting foreigners from buying pot in coffee shops

A new law in Amsterdam, that has been getting an expected amount of heat from locals and foreigners alike, passed in the Netherlands prohibiting foreign visitors from partaking in the city’s long standing tradition of pot coffee shops. It has already gone into effect in southern cities and is set to do so in Amsterdam on January 1, 2013. {Washington Post}

National Mall announces winners for redesign project

The Trust for the National Mall announced the three winners of the National Mall redesign competition yesterday. They will each work on a particular section—Constitution Gardens, the Washington Monument grounds and Sylvan Theater, and Union Square. The winning designs showed lawn terraces, cafés, a grass amphitheatre, fine dining rooms, and covered pavilions. {Huffington Post}

Welsh tourists fined for drunkenly stealing penguin

Two Welsh tourists broke into Sea World on Queenland’s Gold Coast last month after a wild night out and stole a penguin (named Dirk), only to wake up with said penguin in their hotel room the following morning. While there, they also swam with dolphins and set off a fire extinguisher. They were fined this week $1,030 each after pleading guilty before an Australian magistrate. In other news, they’ve also sold the rights to their story to the producers of The Hangover (we’re joking about that last part). {BBC}

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