"He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said, 'yeah.'" Tadlock told KDVR. "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.'"
The mistake cost her both the fine and her Global Entry Status, though the snack was clearly given to her by the airline.
"It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit," she added.
A Delta spokesperson said in a statement that "we encourage our customers to follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection protocols." A spokesperson from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol explained that "all agriculture items must be declared."
Tadlock intends to fight the ticket in court. However that works out for her, think of it as a reminder to be really careful about you bring through customs. Travel is expensive enough already.