Woman Fined $500 for Trying to Take Delta Snack Apple through Customs

Lloyd Doyle
April 24, 2018

The passenger from Colorado stuffed the fruit into her carry-on luggage, thinking she would eat it on the second leg of her journey.

"We encourage our customers to follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection protocols", a Delta spokesman said.

(G.N.S) DT.24 In a freakish incident, a trip back home from Paris got unnecessarily expensive for Colorado woman Crystal Tadlock.

A woman flying from France to the United States on Delta Airlines was fined $650 for keeping an apple. Tadlock told the network that the agent would not allow her to eat or dispose of the apple, which was in a bag that featured Delta's logo. Instead the agent handed her a $500 fine. "And proceeds to say, 'It's about to get a whole lot more expensive'".

She tells Fox 31-TV that the customs agent asked her "if her trip to France had been expensive".

Her Global Entry Status, which makes it easier to travel if you're a frequent flyer, was also taken away.

Crystal said that she pointed out the Delta wrapper on the fruit, but they didn't care and still charged her.

A woman says she is facing a $500 fine from the US customs agency after a free apple she was given as a snack on a plane was found in her bag
A woman says she is facing a $500 fine from the US customs agency after a free apple she was given as a snack on a plane was found in her bag

Tadlock said when she went through customs, her bag was randomly searched.

"It's really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit", she said.

However, a customs and corder protection (CBP) official said in a statement to Fox News that "all agricultural items must be declared".

According to the US Customs and Border Protection website: "Every fruit or vegetable must be declared to a CBP Agriculture Specialist or CBP Officer and must be presented for inspection".

Australia has the same rules for all passengers entering the country.

Ms Tadlock said she would fight the charge in court.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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