Woman Fined $500 for Bringing In-flight Snack Through Customs
A woman was fined $500 at a border control checkpoint for keeping her in-flight snack in her purse.
On a recent Delta flight from Paris to Minneapolis, flight attendants handed out apples as mid-flight snacks. Passenger Crystal Tadlock wasn’t hungry and decided to keep the apple, which was wrapped in a plastic Delta bag, in her carry-on to eat on the second leg of her journey, BBC reported.
However, at customs in Minneapolis, Tadlock was randomly searched. When a customs agent found the apple, Tadlock asked if she could eat it or just throw it away. Instead, the agent gave her a $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,’” Tadlock told local news Fox 31 in Colorado.
Tadlock could also lose her Global Entry status because of the incident.
Delta refused to comment on the situation but said that “we encourage our customers to follow US Customs and Border Protection protocols.”
Tadlock has the choice of paying the $500 fine or fighting the charge in court. She plans to bring the case before a judge.