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.
READ MORE: Deadliest hot air balloon disaster killed 16 after 'depressed' pilot hit overhead cables
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."
'Saddest ever' Grand Designs house left owner stressed with 'stain of failure' on family
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."
For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.
- Helicopter crash decapitated Hollywood star and killed two kids in front of film crew
- Prince Harry mocked by US Supreme Court Justice after wading into Roe V Wade debate
- Vladimir Putin plans mass Russian evacuation if dictator is defeated in Ukraine war
- Man, 69, nicked for driving without licence for 50 years after 'forgetting' ID
- Boxer shot dead by lover's angry husband after she met him to talk divorce
Source: Read Full Article