A sandwich costs an Australian woman nearly $2000... What is the reason?

15 July, 2022
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A sandwich costs an Australian woman nearly $2000... What is the reason?

A "subway sandwich" cost an Australian woman nearly $2,000 after an "unintentional mistake she made while traveling", according to a Newsweek report.


And Jessica Lee bought the "sandwich" from Singapore airport, before traveling to Australia, and ate half of it before boarding the flight, and kept the other half in her bag on the plane.


Upon arriving in Australia, she received a form declaring a "fine" of A$2664, or about $1,800, for traveling with "undisclosed biological risk items" to airport authorities.


The passenger was carrying in her bag the "leftovers of the sandwich" that carried pieces of "chicken and lettuce", and she did not disclose this to the airport authorities. 

In addition to the fine, a traveler who fails to declare elements that may pose a "biological security risk" upon entering Australia could be subject to civil penalties and even criminal charges.


The Australian government may also cancel a traveler's visa and refuse entry to the country, according to what "Newsweek" quoted from the Australian Border Force.

But it wasn't the first time a traveler to Australia had been fined for the "Potential Biological Hazard Items" campaign.


In 2019, a traveler was sentenced to 11 months in prison and a fine of 2,000 Australian dollars ($1,370) for smuggling more than 2,000 garlic plants into Australia.


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