Tourists fined almost $1874 for smuggling egg sandwiches and hot dogs into the airport
An unnamed tourist has been fined $1,874 after two egg sandwiches and a beef sausage were found in his luggage last week on a flight to Darwin Airport in northern Australia.
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The incident comes just days after tough new biosecurity rules were introduced by Australian authorities as the FMD outbreak in Indonesia spread to Bali, a frequent destination for Australian tourists.
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said that "a wide range of undeclared risk foods, including fast food, was found in a passenger's backpack by a sniffer dog named Zinta."
"It will be the most expensive breakfast this passenger has ever eaten. The fine is more than double the cost of a plane ticket from Bali to Australia, but it is necessary to protect the country," said Murray Watt, agriculture secretary.