In-flight snacks are probably called so for a reason, and we are certain that a certain Ms.Tadlock (who recently paid $500 for a free Apple from a Delta flight) now agrees to the same! Colorado-based Crystal Tadlock, traveling home from her trip to France, was later made to pay a hefty fine – all for bagging a free snack that was innocently offered to her on a flight!
As narrated by her, passengers were handed down free apples by the Paris flight attendants in the name of a healthy snack. While she wasn’t hungry back then, Tadlock safely kept away the apple in her bag for later. However, on landing in Denver, she received the shock of her life when the Customs agent went through her bag and pulled out the same apple, only to fine her an unbelievable $500 for carrying it! As stated by Tadlock, “He (the Customs officer) 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,’”
She further said, “I understand the laws, and the Department of Agriculture doesn’t want certain insects in the U.S. But once again, the apple is from Delta, and I think that’s the most important part of the story.” While all agricultural items must be declared per the U.S Customs and Border Patrol officers, this one looks like a genuine mistake, and we sincerely hope that poor Ms. Tadlock here can have her legit $500 return!