DestinationsAirport detector dog sniffs out the world’s most expensive McMuffin.

Big Mac, big error lands tourist in a big spot of bother

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Zinta the detector dog and handler at Darwin Airport.
Zinta the detector dog and handler at Darwin Airport. Photo Credit: Dept of Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

An Australian tourist has paid what must be a world-record price for a Maccas muffin.

The tourist stopped by the McDonald’s store on the way to  Bali’s Denpasar airport and filled up his backpack with two egg and beef McMuffins and a ham croissant before catching a plane back to Australia.

Waiting for him on arrival at Darwin Airport was Zinta, a sniffer dog trained to detect food being brought into Australia in contravention of the country’s strict biosecurity regulations.

Unwrapped: the world’s most expensive McMuffins.
Unwrapped: the world’s most expensive McMuffins.

One sniff of the backpack by Zinta and the man was hauled before quarantine officials who slapped the offender with a fine of A$2664 (US$1870), enough to pay for five return flights from Darwin to Bali.

Australia has recently strengthened biosecurity measures at airports in response to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease among cattle in Indonesia.

“I have no sympathy for people who choose to disobey Australia’s strict biosecurity measures, and recent detections show you will be caught,” warned Australia’s Agriculture Minister, Murray Watt.

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