When entering the U.S. you need to answer customers questions correctly. If you have any food with you, say so, because if you’re chosen for secondary screening and caught you could be fined — and lose Global Entry privileges if you have them. I’ve warned readers about this before, it’s one of the ways people are losing Global Entry.
Six weeks ago I wrote about Crystal Tadlock taking an apple handed out as a snack on her Delta flight and sticking it in her carry on bag. She figured she’d eat it on her connecting flight to Denver.
Going through customs she was selected for secondary screening. An agent “pulled out the apple in the plastic bag with Delta’s logo on it.” She asked if she could just “throw it away or eat it,” but it was too late.
“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,'” said Tadlock to Fox 31.
She had her Global Entry revoked as well. She blamed Delta, arguing they should have reminded customers that they can’t bring undeclared apples into the country.
Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said, “It didn’t sound right. It sounded excessive. I found myself kind of offended that there would be a $500 fine for an apple wrapped in plastic from Delta.”
He met with Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Agriculture. And the executive branch dropped the fine and gave the woman back Global Entry.
Perlmutter believes the agency should have more discretion on whether or not to impose a fine. They already have total discretion.
Most readers believed that the woman broke the rules, rules against bringing agricultural products in the U.S. are important, and she should own that.
By the way the woman in question goes by ‘VeganQuesoHead’ on twitter.
— VeganQuesoHead (@VeganQuesoHead) June 7, 2018
If you think it’s fine to bring in food items provided to the airline that should be the rule, rather than offering greater discretion to border patrol agents to decide on their own whether to punish people entering the country.
The Congressman also thinks airlines should have to remind you when you’re getting off the plane not to take food with you if that’s going to be the rule. Because more mandates on airlines are the way to solve government policies he disagrees with.