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Customs Fines Airline Passenger $500 Over Free In-Flight Apple

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

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    Customs Fines Airline Passenger $500 Over Free In-Flight Apple
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    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.

    "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 told the station.

    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.