Woman fined US$500 for carrying an apple through US customs from Delta flight

  • Crystal Tadlock was flying back home to Denver from Paris when she was fined $500
  • Tadlock was given an apple sealed in a wrapper as a free snack by a Delta employee
Image via Crystal Tadlock’s Twitter account

A woman from Denver, Colorado was recently fined $500 by US customs after she received an apply free of cost from a Delta Airlines employee.

According to IB Times, Crystal Tadlock was given an apple sealed in a wrapper as a free snack by a Delta employee on her flight from Paris on Wednesday.

As she wasn’t hungry at the time, she put the apple in her carry-on bag and forgot all about it. That is until she went through customs and an official randomly searched through her bag and found the apple.

“He asked me if my trip to France was expensive. 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 said.

The officer was said to have denied Tadlock the option of eating or throwing out the apple.

“It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit,” said Tadlock, who added she would fight the case in court.

Delta would not comment publicly about Tadlock’s case, but in a statement provided by spokesman Michael Thomas, the airline said it encourages its customers to “adhere to Customs and Border Protection policies and requirements.”

In a statement, CBP declined to speak about the case details or any specific inspection; citing privacy policies. However, agency spokesman Steven Bansbach said “all agriculture items must be declared.”