A HUNGRY traveler was forced to pay £1,500 for their McDonald’s breakfast after being caught in an airport.
After landing in Australia from Bali, the airline passenger stayed out of his pocket when an airport dog caught the scent of his undeclared McMuffins.
The traveler had packed breakfast in his backpack, but amid a cross-border crackdown on possible foot-and-mouth disease carriers, dogs followed the scent at Darwin airport.
Because the food was not declared, the passenger was fined a whopping £1,500, twice the price of his plane ticket.
To prevent food and mouth disease from entering the country, Australia has introduced a fine for undeclared meat and dairy products.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Secretary Murray Watt said: 7News: “Two McMuffins with egg and beef sausage from McDonald’s in Bali and a ham croissant were the offending menu items that caught the attention of biosecurity sleuth Zinta.
“Detector dog Zinta reacted to a passenger’s backpack and upon further inspection, they were found to be carrying several risk items.
“This will be the most expensive Maccas meal this passenger has ever had.
“This fine is twice as expensive as a plane ticket to Bali, but I don’t feel sorry for people who choose not to obey Australia’s strict biosecurity measures, and recent detections show you’re going to get caught.”
Watt said the passenger received a “12 unit infringement notice for failing to declare items with a potentially high biosecurity risk and providing a false and misleading document”.
The undeclared food was inspected and then destroyed.
Watt added: “Biosecurity is no joke – it helps protect jobs, our farms, food and sustain the economy.
“Passengers who choose to travel must ensure that they meet the requirements to enter Australia by following all biosecurity measures.