A Colorado woman claimed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol fined her $500 after an apple she was given during a Delta Air Lines flight was discovered in her bag.
Crystal Tadlock told KDVR that she was flying home from Paris when a flight attendant handed out plastic bags containing apples. Tadlock said she wasn’t hungry so she put the fruit in her bag for the second leg of her trip.
According to the BBC, U.S. border agents randomly searched Tadlock during her first stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After finding the apple, Tadlock reportedly told the agent that a flight attendant had just given it to her and she offered to throw it out.
Instead, she was hit with a $500 fine.
False. I did not enjoy the apple. Instead I received a $500 violation, had my global entry revoked (first time I’ve used it) AND I will be searched on every flight for the rest of my life 🚩#deltaforbiddenfruit #crystaltadlock #delta #applegate pic.twitter.com/ysGfTguppG
— VeganQuesoHead (@VeganQuesoHead) April 22, 2018
“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,'” Tadlock told KDVR.
The Colorado woman said she’s upset that Delta staff failed to tell passengers that they shouldn’t take food off the plane.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol declined to comment on the case but said in a statement that travelers are required to disclose if they’re in possession of agricultural items.
Tadlock said she plans to fight the $500 fine in court.
“It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit,” she said.
[Featured Image: Crystal Tadlock/KDVR video screengrab]