Airplane Passenger Fined Almost $2K For Stashing McDonald’s In His Luggage

Passenger slapped with $1.8K fine after airport K-9 sniffed out McDonald’s meal – New York Post

A traveler heading home from Bali was hit with a fine for smuggling contraband in their carryon luggage. They paid for what might be considered the most expensive McDonald’s breakfast in history.

The passenger was heading from from Bali, Indonesia to Australia. They were fined $1,874 after two undeclared egg and beef sausage McMuffins and a ham croissant were found in their luggage.

Australian airports have become increasingly concerned with biosecurity after a Foot and Mouth disease outbreak in Indonesia spread to Bali. The food was confiscated, inspected for Foot and Mouth Disease, and destroyed.

Travelers arriving from Indonesia will be subject to stricter biosecurity scrutiny, and anyone found in breach of Australia’s biosecurity laws could be issued with an infringement notice.

Australia has brought in new biosecurity measures to combat this concerning outbreak, including a detector dog at Darwin Airport.

The federal executive government of Australia announced a $9.8 million biosecurity package last month, and warned travelers arriving from Indonesia that they would be subject to stricter biosecurity scrutiny.

Foot and mouth disease can cause lameness and death in cloven-hooved animals, and can be carried by people who have come into contact with infected animals. The safest option for farmers is to cull infected herds, costing the economy $16 billion in 2001.

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  1. Passenger slapped with $1.8K fine after airport K-9 sniffed out McDonald’s meal  New York Post
  2. Passenger fined $1,874 after two undeclared McMuffins found in luggage  CNN
  3. Traveler fined $1,874 for undeclared McMuffins in his luggage  Business Insider
  4. Airline passenger fined nearly $2000 after dog finds undeclared McMuffins in luggage  USA TODAY
  5. McMuffins stashed in backpack cost traveler almost $2,000 in fines  CBS News
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