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An apple in her bag cost a woman $500 upon landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

To make matters worse, the apple was given to her by Delta.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has made international news on Monday as it was the scene of a $500 customs fine levied on a woman for bringing an apple into the country.

Crystal Tadlock has shared her story with FOX 31 in her hometown of Denver, after the she tried to bring a bag of apple, given to her as a snack by Delta Airlines, onto a connecting flight.

She had been traveling from Paris to Denver via MSP Airport, and was in the Twin Cities when she was fined by border agents.


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That's because she didn't declare the apple, which she'd planned to eat on the second leg of her journey, as she went through customs, and it was found during a random bag search.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has strict rules on bringing fresh produce into the United States, and it states that "all agriculture items must be declared and are subject to inspection" to ensure they're free of pests and foreign diseases.

That's because foreign-borne pests could prove invasive in the U.S., potentially destroying crops, lawns and trees.

But Tadlock says she intends to challenge the fine not least because the apple was given to her by Delta as part of her in-flight meal, rather than being bought from a French grocery store.

Her story has been picked up by international media including the BBC in the U.K., serving as a cautionary tale about trying to evade customs regulations when returning to the U.S.

In a statement, Delta told BMTN: "Delta recommends all passengers comply with U.S. Customs and Border Protection rules and regulations when entering the country."

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