Imagine the bag fees. Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz is heading to Indonesia this week for a nine-day visit, with the Washington Post reporting that his luggage weighs 506 tons.
Saudi royals are known for travelling in grandiose style. Salman booked the entire 222-room Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown when he visited Washington in 2015.
That same year, the king was criticized by some locals after his 1,000-person entourage forced the closure of a beach on the French Riviera for three days due to privacy and security concerns. The local mayor also complained to the French president that the Saudi group had poured concrete directly onto the sand in an unauthorized attempt to install an elevator.
Two electric elevators are apparently on the luggage list for Indonesia, as are two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines. The Jakarta Post reports that the Saudi group will total about 1,500 people, including 10 ministers, 25 princes and at least 100 security personnel.
Adji Gunawan of airfreight company PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS) told the Antara News Agency that his company is handling the cargo, which has already arrived in the country. Adji said he was employing a total of 572 workers to deal with the Saudi king's luggage.
While the Saudi king's colossal cargo hold may seem large, it is not necessarily out of scale with those of other world leaders. The Washington Post says that when President Barack Obama visited sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, he was accompanied by 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines, and hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents.