By: Kyle James | 04-23-2018 | News
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Colorado - Free Apple On Intercontinental Delta Flight Lands Woman 500$ Fine

A Colorado woman received the most expensive free snack of her life while aboard an airline on the way home from Paris. Crystal Tadlock says she got an apple from the airline while on a return flight to Colorado, but when she got home U.S. Customs and Border Patrol tried to fine her $500.

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Tadlock said, "The violation is for one apple. It's really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit." The Colorado native said the apple was given to her by a Delta flight attendant near the end of her flight home from Paris.

"I wasn't hungry at the time, so I jammed it in my carry-on," Tadlock said. She was in for a rude awakening when she went through customs and her bag was randomly searched. The customs agents pulled out the plastic pouch with the apple inside the Delta flight attendant had given her. "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 said.

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The costly ordeal has frustrated Tadlock who says that Delta shouldn't have handed out the apples or at the very least warned passengers they could be fined if they take the apples off the plane. "I understand the laws and the department of agriculture doesn't want certain insects in the US. But once again, the apple is from Delta and I think that's the most important part of this story," she said.

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Tadlock added that it was clear to the customs agents that the apple had come from an airplane. Delta had a short statement regarding the incident, "We encourage our customers to follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection protocols." U.S. Customs and Border Protection also issued a statement saying, "Privacy policy prohibits us from discussing the details of any individual's specific inspection; however, all agriculture items must be declared."

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Anonymous No. 23890 2018-04-23 : 09:14

Most expensive apple of her life, hope she at least got to enjoy it

Anonymous No. 23898 2018-04-23 : 11:19


America's Ag areas have suffered insect infestations that have cost 10's of Billions over the last 20 years. … and guess who in the long run ends up paying for the short supply and same demand?

Right Joe/Jane Average.

While some the younger readers won't remember the Mediterranean fruit fly effect on California and Florida and other large AG areas. The damages and eradication costs have ran into over $1 Billion already since someone brought in a contaminated piece of fruit.

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