Fuming traveller fined £1,500 for sneaking McDonald’s through airport security

A traveller has been left furious and lighter to the tune of £1,500 after they tried to smuggle some McDonald's breakfast foods through airport security.

The hungry holidaymaker was caught out by an airport dog sniffing out McMuffins, with the traveller bringing undeclared food through security after touching down in Australia from Bali.

Despite stuffing their breakfast in a backpack for later, the traveller was left far from loving it after they were slapped with a £1,500 fine for breaking Australian travel regulations.

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A border crackdown against potential foot and mouth disease carriers saw the McDonald's smuggler caught out by a border dog.

Because the food was undeclared, the passenger was slapped with a gut-wrenching fine, which was twice the cost of their plane ticket.

Tougher crackdowns on foot and mouth disease have led to restrictions placed on Australian borders, including the transfer of meat and dairy goods.

It would seem that the passenger managed to present offending items of both categories with their McMuffin and ham croissant.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Murray Watt said: "Two egg and beef sausage McMuffins from McDonald’s in Bali and a ham croissant were the offending menu items that caught the attention of biosecurity sniffer dog Zinta."

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They continued: "Detector dog Zinta responded to a passenger’s backpack and, after further inspection, it was found they were carrying a variety of risk items.

"This will be the most expensive Maccas meal this passenger ever has. This fine is twice the cost of an airfare to Bali, but I have no sympathy for people who choose to disobey Australia’s strict biosecurity measures, and recent detections show you will be caught."

The minister also revealed the passenger had been issued a "12-unit infringement notice for failing to declare potential high biosecurity risk items and providing a false and misleading document," The Sun reported.

Food items brought over from Bali and found by sniffer dog Zinta were examined and subsequently destroyed.

Minister Watt added: "Biosecurity is no joke—it helps protect jobs, our farms, food and supports the economy."

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