News

Gov't Fines Delta Passenger $500 for Snack She Took From Plane

Combined Shape

A Delta Air Lines customer was hit with a $500 fine from U.S. Customs and Border Control for saving an apple she’d received on her flight from Paris back to the United States.

Crystal Tadlock of Arvada, Colorado, said a flight attendant gave her the apple in a plastic bag.

She wasn’t hungry, but decided to save it in her bag for later, KDVR reported.

When she went through customs, her bag was searched and the apple was discovered.

Tadlock explained the situation and asked if she could eat it or throw it out, but she was told “no.”

Trending:
CDC Quietly Changes Major Part of 'How COVID-19 Spreads' Page, Adds Advice That Millions Didn't Get When Trump Was in Office

Customs then handed her a $500 fine for possessing the apple.

“He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said, ‘Yeah,'” Tadlock said.

“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,’” she added.

Part of the blame should fall on Delta for not reminding passengers they couldn’t take fruit off the plane, she said.

Do you think this fine is unfair?

She thinks it’s ridiculous that she was ticketed when the apple was clearly from Delta Air Lines.

“It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit,” Tadlock said.

“We encourage our customers to follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection protocols,” a Delta spokesman said.

A statement from U.S. Customs and Border Control, meanwhile, was similarly vague.

“Privacy policy prohibits CBP from discussing the details of any individuals specific inspection, however all agriculture items must be declared,” the statement read.

Related:
National Security Issue: Cyber Sleuths Find Joe Biden's Private Venmo Account in Just 10 Minutes - Report

Tadlock plans to fight the charge in court.

A version of this article previously appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website. 

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →






We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, ,
Combined Shape
Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 25-year veteran of print and broadcast media, and Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, The Daily Caller News Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing original investigative reporting from a team of professional reporters that operates for the public benefit.




Conversation