Plane passenger forced to pay $650 after snack incident

Marco Green
April 24, 2018

However, this woman got just about the worst of it when she was fined $500 (€409) for bringing an apple off one flight and onto another.

Crystal Tadlock, travelling to the USA from Paris, said she was saving the fruit she received from Delta airlines crew for her onward flight to Denver. On arrival to US, Tadlock's bag was randomly chosen for checking by a Customs agent.

Tadlock said flight attendants had given her the apple during the trip and she had put it in her bag as she wasn't hungry.

Tadlock said that the apple was handed out to the passengers in a plastic bag with Delta Air written over it. He found the apple, with Delta logo on it, and fined her for carrying an undeclared fruit. "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".

Tadlock has filed a complaint with the CBP against the border patrol agent; because she said he was unnecessarily rude and seemed to take pleasure in her unfortunate situation.

The frustrated passenger said Delta should either have not passed out fruit on the flight, or should have issued a reminder to passengers that they could not take it into the U.S.

Plane passenger forced to pay $650 after snack incident
Plane passenger forced to pay $650 after snack incident

Tadlock said she has Global Entry and this was her first time flying with it.

"Prohibited items that are not declared by a passenger are confiscated and disposed of by CBP. If the items are determined to be for commercial use, violations will be assessed at a much higher rate", the statement read.

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 passengers entering the country.

Tadlock is planning to challenge the fine in court.

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