Australia takes the importation of food very seriously. Don’t try it…even a half-eaten Subway sandwich you bought at the airport. One woman learned the hard way with an $1,800 fine for failing to declare her chicken sandwich.
Woman Fined Over $1,800 For Failing to Declare Half-Eaten Subway Sandwich To Customs Officer Upon Arrival In Australia
It was a harmless mistake, or so she thought. Jessica Lee had purchased a foot-long chicken sandwich at a Subway inside Singapore Changi International Airport and had eaten only half of it on her flight to Sydney. Rather than toss it out, she took it along.
While passing though immigration, she was asked about whether she had any food items in her possession and said no, forgetting about the sandwich (she insists).
The sandwich was spotted and Lee was slapped with a fine of AUD2664, which is roughly USD1800.
Agents hold great discretion in whether to mete out fines, but chose to fine Lee on the grounds that she was clearly aware (as a native English speaker) of the requirements yet failed to abide by them.
Lee is apologetic, but insists she meant no harm.
Wisdom: just don’t bring any food at all into Australia, even the packed chocolate or chips that might be offered on your flight. Officials take this VERY seriously.
A woman was fined over $1,800 for failing to declare a half-eaten chicken sandwich from Subway while arriving in Australia.
Perhaps next time, Lee will realize that bigger is not always better and that feeding on six inches would have been better than dealing with the consequences of 12 inches. Plus, I’d have to imagine that the food on Singapore Airlines or Qantas was much more satisfying than anything Subway offers, which is why she didn’t finish the sandwich in the first place…
(H/T: View From The Wing)