Crystal Tadlock sailed from Minneapolis last week after an eight-hour flight from Paris. She was scheduled to take a connecting flight to Denver, so she decided to rescue an apple she had received as part of the meal.
"I put it in my pocket without thinking about it," Tadlock told CNN.
But before her next flight she had to go through customs where she was arrested by a customs and border guards agent.
Anyone who has ever traveled internationally may know what came next.
"Well, what do we have here?" Tadlock said the agent told her. This is a civil violation.
Tadlock tried to explain that the apple was clearly from Delta because he was in a delta-branded clear bag, along with some silver from the flight, she said the agent was not convinced, and told her there would be no way to know if the apple had come from elsewhere in France instead.
"Then he asks me if my flight to France is expensive," Tadlock said, "and to say further: & # 39; It will be much more expensive. "
Tadlock offered to throw away the apple, but said she was in a back room at the airport and served speeding tickets stated she had 20 days to pay the fine.
When she contacted Delta about the incident, they responded by chanting the agricultural rules and regulations that say many foods are banned from entering the US because they can carry plant pests and other animal diseases.
The rules are pretty clear. But there were a few circumstances that Tadlock said complicate her situation.
In addition, Tadlock said that she has thought nothing of the apple because it was delivered on the flight.
"Why give fruit?" She asked. "Just give out cereal bars or something that does not cause a problem."
Delta Air Lines says the rules and regulations regarding customs positions at the airport's entry points and forms are very clear.
"Delta recommends all passengers to comply with US customs and border regulations at entry," CNN said in a statement.
A Delta representative also said the apple was "consumed by plane".
Tadlock has filed a complaint with the CBP against the Border Guard because she said he was unnecessarily rude and seemed to be happy in her unfortunate situation. However, she is still on the hook for the $ 500 and has also revoked her Global Entry status.
"It took me six to seven months to get me and cost $ 160," says Tadlock. "And the funny thing is, the penalty was $ 500 because I had Global Entry, so if I did not have it, the penalty would have been lower."
While trying to fix everything, Tadlock says she hopes, at least, something good will come from her situation.
"If everything else fails and I have to pay, it may help somebody else in the future," she says. "Even if Delta puts a note in the bag over the apple."