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Woman fined $650 for saving free airline snack

24 April 2018

Crystal Tadlock, travelling to the U.S. from Paris, said she was saving the fruit for her onward flight to Denver, Colorado, reports the BBC.

Global Entry is a Customs and Border Protection program that allows USA citizens to go through an expedited process upon returning from an worldwide trip.

She asked officials if she could eat the apple on the spot or throw it away, but instead she was told she would have to pay a US$500 ($657) fine for not declaring her fruit.

She tells Fox 31-TV that the customs agent asked her "if her trip to France had been expensive". One Delta passenger claims she was issued a fine after taking fruit from the plane through U.S. Customs. "I didn't really get why he was asking that question and then he said "it's about to get a lot more expensive after I charge you $500". She was flying from Paris.

Crystal Tadlock did not expect to be taken aside at the airport after her Delta Airlines flight from France.

Image via Crystal Tadlock  Twitter         The apple was kept in this Delta Air Lines bag
Image via Crystal Tadlock Twitter The apple was kept in this Delta Air Lines bag

She also thought customs could have handled the situation differently after seeing the fruit was in an airline-marked bag.

As per US Customs laws, all agricultural items brought into the country should be declared.

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

"Prohibited items that are not declared by a passenger are confiscated and disposed of by CBP", the statement read.

When she contacted Delta about the incident, they responded by tweeting the agricultural rules and regulations, which state that many food products are prohibited entry into the U.S. because may carry plant pests and foreign animal diseases. Tadlock now has the choice of paying the fine or fighting the penalty in court.

Woman fined $650 for saving free airline snack