An air traveller was recently fined nearly $2,000 by the Australian government for failing to declare two egg and beef sausage McMuffins in their luggage.
The unidentified traveler had arrived at Darwin Airport from Bali, according to Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
A detector dog named Zinta sniffed out the passenger’s backpack. After further inspection, officials found the McMuffins and a ham croissant that had been purchased at a McDonald’s in Bali.
The passenger was slapped with a $2,664 “infringement notice” — or around $1,874 in American dollars — for “failing to declare potential high biosecurity risk items and providing a false and misleading document.”
Australia had recently implemented new biosecurity rules after a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Indonesia had spread to Bali. The McMuffins were seized and tested before being destroyed.