Delta passenger fined $500 for airplane snack

Marco Green
April 23, 2018

Crystal Tadlock bear a $500 fine from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for keeping back a free apple which she had received as a snack from Delta Airlines.

An apple one day did not keep customs away, a Colorado woman has learned. The Customs agent allegedly advised her no and fined her $500 for carrying the undeclared fruit.

After returning home from a trip to France [VIDEO], Colorado native Crystal Tadlock received a hefty fine from the USA #customs and Border Protection.

Crystal Tadlock said near the end of her flight from Paris attendants passed out free apples as a healthy snack. "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 thinks Delta shouldn't have handed out apple, or at least warned passengers not to take them off the plane. She also said she's frustrated that Customs would ticket her when the agent clearly saw the snack came from an airline.

"I understand the laws and the Department of Agriculture doesn't want certain insects in the U.S.", Tadlock said.

She put the apple in her bag so she could eat it later.

"It's actually unlucky somebody has to undergo that and be handled like a prison over a bit of fruit", stated Tadlock to Fox 31.

"Prohibited objects that aren't declared by a passenger are confiscated and disposed of by CBP". For first-time offenders, the civil penalty may reach up to $1,000. "If the objects are chose to be for industrial use, violations might be assessed at a a lot increased price", the assertion learn.

According to the U.S. 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".

Delta released a statement addressing the incident, saying "We encourage our customers to follow U.S. Custom and Border Protection protocols".

A spokesperson told Fox News that the reason for the violation is simple.

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