Tourist Receives $1,200 Fine For Trying To Take Sand From Italy

There are some things you definitely aren’t allowed to pack into a suitcase—weapons, foreign fruits and vegetables, animals—but you would never expect sand to be on that list.

Apparently, sand is a big deal in certain places, and a French traveler found himself in a bit of trouble when he tried to take a bottle of it home as a souvenir.

He Was Caught At The Airport

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Photo Credit: ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP via Getty Images
Photo Credit: ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP via Getty Images

When trying to fly home, the French tourist was stopped by security on September 1 while in Cagliari Elmas Airport, which is located on the Italian island of Sardinia. He was caught with a water bottle that contained about 4.4 pounds of sand, which was instantly confiscated.