This week's strange travel news.
What, a sedan isn't classy enough?
Dubai police officers will start driving Lamborghinis to "help promote tourism," according to deputy police chief Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina. The United Arab Emirates's largest city saw visitor numbers sag after the 2009 global economic downturn, and the Italian sports cars, worth more than $500,000 apiece, are intended to complement Dubai's upscale image of air travel, shopping and tall buildings. Reportedly, Ferraris and Camaros will soon spice up the police fleet as well. But will the cops give themselves speeding tickets?
Don't believe me? Call the Kremlin!
A 27-year-old German train passenger was caught using a fake Latvian driver's licence with Vladimir Putin's name and photo this month. Lucas Baier, whose friends have kidded him about looking like the Russian leader, produced the bogus ID on request while travelling from Salzburg to Munich. It was promptly confiscated, and police let him off with a caution that he'd be fined heavily if he did it again. Baier said he bought the ID on vacation at a Russian market for a lark. How silly. If you want to impersonate a politician and succeed, just go to Washington and say you're the prime minister of Canada.
Russia invests in the 'Red Devils'
Wow, what would Lenin think of Aeroflot's latest venture? The Russian national airline, founded under Soviet rule in 1923, will reportedly become the official sponsor of Manchester United next season, handling its flights to and from Moscow. The world's second-most valuable soccer team (worth $3.17-billion, according to Forbes) is currently sponsored by Turkish Airlines. This change gives Man U an exciting new goal for the future: avoid headlines with the words "Rooney," "cockpit" and "vodka."
Sources: Associated Press, The Telegraph, Daily Mail