Santa given security pat-down in Australia

Herald Sun – Australia

A CHRISTMAS mission to deliver cheer to three Outback Australian communities proved that even Santa is not above the law.

Waiting to greet Santa at Maningrida airport Tuesday were two police officers, The Northern Territory News reported.

The police searched every bag and passenger getting off the plane, including Santa, to make sure he was not carrying any contraband alcohol under his red suit.

Constable First Class Fiona Codrington said alcohol was banned without a permit in Maningrida, about 310 miles (500 kilometers) east of the Northern Territory capital Darwin.

“People try to conceal spirits and beer in their luggage, wrapped in clothing amongst foodstuff,” she said.

After a quick pat-down and check under his white beard, Santa was given the all clear to carry on his merry way.

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