Woman fined $500 for snack taken from Delta flight

  • Woman fined $500 for snack taken from Delta flight

Woman fined $500 for snack taken from Delta flight

When she got to Customs, the agent asked her if her trip to France had been expensive.

Tadlock offered to throw it out or eat it but the agent said no and handed her a fine.

A woman was recently fined US$500 (S$658) by U.S. customs after she took a free snack with her as she disembarked a Delta Air Lines flight from Paris, according to a report from a local media outlet in Colorado.

Crystal Tadlock told Fox 31 Denver, toward the end of her flight from Paris, flight attendants passed out apples in plastic bags as a snack.

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

Once Tadlock arrived in the USA, she went through Customs and her bag was chosen to be randomly searched, Fox 31 reported.

The statement went on to clarify that every single fruit or vegetable entering the country must be declared and inspected by a U.S.

Crystal also noted the agent asked her a rather unusual and nearly teasing question regarding whether her trip to France was expensive.

Tadlock said she's frustrated that an innocent mistake could amount to a $500 and the loss of her Global Entry Status. Tadlock says she wasn't hungry at the time, so she put the apple, wrapped in a Delta Airlines plastic bag, in her bag to save for later.

She believed Delta should have either never handed out the apples or should have reminded the passengers not to leave the plane with the fruit. "But once again, the apple is from Delta and I think that's the most important part of this story".

A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol declined to provide further details about the incident, but said "Privacy policy prohibits U.S. Customs and Border Patrol from discussing the details of any individual's specific inspection". She told the local news outlet she plans to fight the charge in court.