A Colorado woman is fined $ 500 by the US Customs and Border Guard (CBP) to save a free apple she received as a snack from Delta Air Lines on her way back from Paris to the United States  Crystal Tadlock told Fox 31 Denver, at the end of their flight from Paris, flight attendants were selling apples in plastic bags as a snack. Tadlock put the fruit in her hand luggage to save as she was hungry during the second leg of her journey.
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As soon as Tadlock arrived in the US, she went through customs and her bag was selected to be randomly searched, Fox reported 31
When Tadlock was questioned about the snack, she explained that she had received the apple from the airline and asked if she could throw it away or eat it 31 reports. The customs officer allegedly told her no and imposed a fine of $ 500 for transporting undeclared fruit.
"He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said" yes. "I did not really understand why he asked that question, and then he said," It will be a lot more expensive after me Tadlock said to Fox 31.
Tadlock said the innocent mistake could end up costing her even more than the $ 500 fine – she could also lose her Global Entry status, which it pre-approved Tadlock told Fox 31 she was frustrated by the incident and felt Delta should not have handed the apples to customers, or at least to remind passengers, the fruits were not She also thinks that the customs authorities could have handled the situation differently after seeing the fruit in a bag marked by the airline.
"It It's really unfortunate that someone is going through and being treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit, "Tadlock said to Fox 31.
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A CBP spokesman said in one Comment Fox news that "all agricultural items must be declared."
"Prohibited items, which are passengers who are not declared by a passenger, are confiscated and disposed of, more importantly, civil penalties for failure to declare prohibited agricultural products can be set and up to $ 1,000 per first offense for For non-commercial purposes, breaches are valued at a much higher rate for commercial purposes, "the statement says.
According to US Customs and Border Protection website, "any fruit or vegetable must be declared a CBP agricultural specialist or CBP agent and must be submitted for review."
A spokesman for Delta said in a statement to Fox News: "We encourage our customers to comply with US Customs and Border Guidelines."
Tadlock plans to fight the lawsuit.