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Last Updated : Apr 24, 2018 06:58 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

US Customs fines woman Rs 33,000 over a free apple Delta Air gave as a snack

According to the report, Tadlock told customs officials that the apple was handed out by the Delta crew and she could either throw it or eat it. Instead, the border agent slapped $500 fine

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A US woman was fined $500(Rs 33,185) by the customs officials in Minneapolis after an apple given to her on the flight as a snack was discovered in her bag during a random check.

Crystal Tadlock, travelling to the US from Paris, said she was saving the fruit she received from Delta airlines crew for her onward flight to Denver. She was flying from Paris.

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

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Tadlock said that the apple was handed out to the passengers in a plastic bag with Delta Air written over it. She decided to keep it for her onwards journey to Denver.

According to a BBC report, Tadlock told customs officials that the apple was handed out by the Delta crew and she could either throw it or eat it. Instead, the border agent slapped $500 fine. 

"He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said, 'Yeah.' 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 told KDVR-TV, adding that she wanted to take the case to court.

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


Tadlock’s Global Entry Program status, which allows for expedited security checks, show revoked due to the ‘offence’.

A Delta Air spokesperson talking to CBS Denver said, “We encourage our customers to follow US Customs and Border Protection protocols. The apple in question was part of an in-flight meal meant to be consumed on the aircraft".

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First Published on Apr 24, 2018 06:53 pm
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