PERTH, Australia -- Customs officials in Australia are serious about the country's quarantine laws -- and that's no baloney.
A Swiss national discovered that when he was caught at Perth International Airport trying to smuggle a salami in his luggage. Dylan Pascal Graves was fined $3,057.
Australia has strict quarantine laws, and customs officials inspect all incoming flights for agricultural pests and food that could carry diseases. Sniffer dogs patrol airport terminals and luggage is X-rayed.
Graves twice told customs officials that he was not carrying any food, but an X-ray revealed salami concealed in his luggage. When asked why he had not declared the salami, Graves said he had planned to eat it.