CAIRO: Cairo Airport authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle exotic snakes, including cobras, to Saudi Arabia Friday.
Dark, moving bodies appeared on the airport scanner of the luggage of two passengers bound to the Kingdom, and by inspecting their bags, a number of snakes were found hidden inside.
Meanwhile, authorities have arrested two other passengers over possession of amount of cash exceeding the limit allowed to be taken out of the country, according to Youm7.
An Egyptian passenger heading to the United Arab Emirates was suspected by customs department and a total of $30,000 and 20,000 Emirati Dirham (AED) were found in his bags.
The department also inspected the bags of another Egyptian passenger before boarding a flight to Bahrain; some $25,000 was found in her possession.
Director of Airport Security Fahmy Megahed ordered the confiscation of the seized money, and filed a report regarding the two incidents.
A maximum of $10,000 in cash or the equivalent of the amount in any other currency may be carried by a passenger at Cairo International Airport; or else, the extra money is subject to confiscation by airport authorities.
On Monday, a passenger whose nationality was undisclosed was stopped before boarding a flight to Kuwait for possessing more than 1 million EGP.
Luggage and personal inspection by airports customs are routine measures, under which the department has announced foiling hundreds of attempts to smuggle drugs, unlicensed artifacts, large amounts of money and alleged spying cameras.