Crystal Tadlock—an American woman who recently flew from France to the United States—is facing a $500 fine from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for saving an apple she received as a snack on her Delta Air Lines flight.
Tadlock told Fox 31 Denver that near the end of her flight, flight attendants passed out apples in plastic bags as a snack. She put an apple in her carry-on to save for when she was hungry during the second leg of her trip—and then did not declare its presence when her bag was searched at customs. Well, that’s a big no-no since, as the CBP makes clear, “every fruit or vegetable must be declared to a CBP Agriculture Specialist or CBP Officer and must be presented for inspection – regardless of its admissibility status.”
The fine is bad enough, but there’s more. According to FoxNews.com, “Tadlock said the innocent mistake could end up costing her bigger than just the $500 fine – she could also lose her Global Entry Status, which allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to have expedited clearance into the U.S.”
I was surprised to see this story trending because the traveler should’ve known better as a Global Entry member. In any case, it serves as an important reminder to not to take fruit or vegetables across borders, even if it’s provided by an airline.
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