Airline passenger fined $500 for saving snack

Posted April 24, 2018

Because she wasn't hungry, Tadlock put the fruit in her bag and planned to save it for when she was hungry during the second portion of her trip. An agent pulled out the fruit, which was still wrapped in the clear plastic bag bearing the Delta logo.

Now she reportedly faces a $500 fine.

"I was like, 'Yeah, it was pretty expensive, ' but I wasn't understanding why he was asking that question", she told Inside Edition.

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Explaining her point, the woman told the customs that she had been given the apple on board Delta Air Lines. It says "ENJOY" in huge capital letters.

Tadlock says she is definitely fighting the fine. "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". The frequent traveler is even at risk of losing her Global Entry Status which generally makes re-entrance into the US easier than it is for others. "But once again, the apple is from Delta and I think that's the most important part of this story", said Tadlock, who says U.S. Customs clearly saw the apple come from an airplane. "He goes, 'Well, this is about to get a lot more expensive because this is going to be a $500 fine'".

Delta said in a statement that it encourages passengers to comply with customs and border protection rules and regulations.

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"Prohibited items that are not declared by a passenger are confiscated and disposed of by CBP", A CBP spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News.

The bureau records that the policy for bringing food in to the US on its own website also claims that the strict plan is created to avoid versus plant pests and worldwide animal conditions entereing that the U.S.

Tadlock can either pay the $500 or fight the charge in court.

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