CAIRO: Two Egyptian passengers were arrested at Cairo Airport for exceeding the cash limit allowed to be taken out of the country, Youm7 reported Monday.
Before boarding a flight to the Chinese city of Guangzhou, the two passengers were inspected by the customs department, where a total of $40,000 was found hidden in cheese packets inside their luggage.
A police report was filed, while the two Egyptians were referred to prosecution for investigation.
The cash limit at the airport is $10,000, or the equivalent of the amount in any other currency.
The extra money seized with passengers is usually subject to confiscation by airport authorities.
Luggage and personal inspection by airport customs are routine measures, under which the department has announced foiling hundreds of attempts to smuggle drugs, unlicensed artifacts, large amounts of money, sex toys and alleged spying cameras.