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DENVER — The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has fined a woman $500 for not declaring she was bringing a free apple into the U.S. that she received on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris.

Crystal Tadlock tells KDVR-TV in Denver that flight attendants had passed out the apples and she placed it in her carry-on to save for her flight from Minneapolis to Denver. Her bag was randomly searched by Customs.

Tadlock says the agent asked her if her trip to France was expensive and when she said yes he told her it was about to get more expensive after charging her $500.

Delta says it recommends all passengers comply with Customs regulations.

Customs declaration forms ask passengers if they are bringing any fruits or vegetables into the country.

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  • zzzzipy12
    April 23, 2018 at 9:56 a.m.

    Really? Must have been a slow day for customs,

  • JakeTidmore
    April 23, 2018 at 10:04 a.m.

    I think Delta ought to pay her fine or reimburses her for it. They're the ones who put her in this position.
    A few years back, my wife had the same problem. She had packed a lunch for the long flight from overseas back to America and home. She didn't eat the apple she had in the bag and just put it aside and forgot about it. There was some hassle and finger-shaking when customs found it, but in the end all they did was toss it in the trash can.
    But apparently they hire more jerks to help with customs nowadays. The kind who say they love America but treat Americans like dirt.

  • Machiavelli
    April 23, 2018 at 1:12 p.m.

    Or you could just follow the rules and requirement on the declaration form. Which you have to sign.

  • cliffcarson
    April 23, 2018 at 1:19 p.m.

    Obviously the passengers were given the apples before boarding or the apples not passed out by the crew remained in the Liner and also made it to the United States. Seems liked the Crew could have announced to the passengers that "Please leave your uneaten apples in the bag provided as you deplane because it is against the law to bring apples into the United States. Failure to do this will result in a fine." Why would a passenger know that?
    I was coming into the U S from Mexico one time when the agents asked me if was carrying anything illegal. I told them I was carrying a load of intoxicants internally. They didn't think that was too funny.
    But they let me continue on into the good ole USofA fine free.

  • cliffcarson
    April 23, 2018 at 1:46 p.m.

    On arriving back into the United States I have never been searched or had my baggage searched. Would the purpose of a Declaration Form be for stating that you were not bringing in to the United States anything that was not allowed? Would apples be listed? Since the apples were passed out in the Airliner why would the passenger know that bringing it into the United States was illegal?

  • Popsmith
    April 23, 2018 at 1:55 p.m.

    Did Delta declare the leftover apples that were aboard the aircraft????

    April 24, 2018 at 3:31 p.m.

    Things like this is the Reason Normal People have a Hate and Awareness for the Rambo's of the World, People with no regular authority get to play God for a little while on the Job. This example is absurd and something should be done about it, This is more like a Set-up than a lot of Set-ups are. This should make the Average Person Sick to the Stomach, Authority at it's Worst.