A passenger was fined $1,874 after an airport security dog ​​sniffed out two McMuffins in his luggage


A passenger arrived at an Australian airport with undeclared food and officials didn’t like it.

A sniffer dog traced the biosecurity breach last week after a passenger from Indonesia smuggled a McDonald’s meal on a flight into Australia’s Darwin International Airport.

The airport’s new biosecurity sniffer dog, Zinta, found two McMuffins with Egg and Beef Sausage and a ham croissant in the passenger’s backpack. The passenger was slapped with a 12-unit fine of $2,664, or $1,874 in U.S. dollars, for failing to declare potential high biosecurity risk items and filling out a false and misleading travel declaration form.

“This will be the most expensive Maccas meal this passenger has ever eaten, this fine is twice as expensive as flying to Bali, but I have no sympathy for people who choose to flout Australia’s strict biosecurity measures and the recent ones Discoveries Show You’re Getting Caught,” Murray Watt, The Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests said in a statement.

According to Watt, Zinta was stationed at Darwin Airport to combat its biosecurity efforts. Australia is currently free of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), and dogs like Zinta are working to secure that status. Mickey D’s prey is tested for FMD and later destroyed.

“Biosecurity is no joke — it helps protect jobs, our farms and food, and supports the economy,” Watts added in his statement. “Passengers who choose to travel must ensure they meet the conditions to enter Australia by following all biosecurity measures.”

Biosecurity measures could provide food for thought for travelers traveling to the island nation, where food safety laws are particularly strict.

In July, a woman traveling from Singapore was fined A$2,664 for forgetting to declare half of a Subway Footlong when she landed in Australia. 19-year-old Australian Jessica Lee left viral on TikTok after revealing in a story how jet lag made her forget she’d brought a chicken footlong with salad on board and then didn’t declare it.

“I just paid $2,600 for my subway, just from Singapore,” she explained in her video post at the time. “I bought a foot long subway train at Singapore airport because I was a hungry girl after my 11 hour flight. I ate 15cm before my second flight and then saved the other 15cm for the flight which (airline agents) were more than happy with.” A passenger was fined $1,874 after an airport security dog ​​sniffed out two McMuffins in his luggage

Fry Electronics Team

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