Australia Fines Passenger $1,874 After Two Undeclared McMuffins Found in His Luggage
12:29 GMT 02.08.2022 (Updated: 12:30 GMT 02.08.2022)
© Photo : Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestryMcDonald’s food items that were found by Australian airport officials from a traveller's luggage
To prevent the spread of infectious disease, Australia started using detector dogs and assigning biosecurity officers at international airports, especially for the flights arriving from Indonesia.
A traveller has been fined 2,664 Australian dollars (US $1,874) after two undeclared egg and beef sausage McMuffins and a ham croissant were found in his luggage upon arrival at Australia's Darwin Airport.
The passenger travelled from Bali, Indonesia, to Australia, and his food was detected by a biosecurity detector dog named Zinta, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said.
"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," Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Murray Watt said.
Biosecurity means preventing or stopping the spread of harmful viruses or bacteria in order to minimize the risk of infectious disease.
Australia has remained quite vigilant about passengers travelling from Indonesia after a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak was reported in the country.
"Australia is FMD-free, and we want it to stay that way," Minister Watt said. "Biosecurity is no joke, it supports economy," he said, stressing that passengers who want to travel to the country should abide by all conditions and also follow all biosecurity measures.
The passenger, meanwhile, was also issued a "12-unit infringement notice for failing to declare potential high biosecurity risk items and providing a false and misleading document."
Earlier in July, a 19-year-old Australian model was fined a similar amount after she failed to notify customs officials about two ingredients in her Subway sandwich after arriving in Europe from her journey.