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Fruits provided as snacks on Plane and CPB inspection
as frequent travelers we all know that Fruits and other vegetables are not allowed in to US while travelling abroad.And some times you will get lucky as no one notices, but its a problem if they catch you.
i saw a article recently where a Denver woman saved a fruit that was given on plane (Delta) so that she can have it during her second connecting flight . But during random check by CBP at denver airport, she was fined USD500 and also was told that her Global entry might be revoked for not mentioning about this.
so my question is., do airlines have to notify passengers before landing from international destinations that they cannot take the fruits ( given on plane) with them into airport or the responsibility should still be on Passengers to know the rules ?
would like your opinion on this one.
PS: here’s the article
Some airlines make announcements in certain destinations, but you are expected to at least fill out the forms honestly, even if you don’t know the rules.
One of the questions the Global Entry kiosk (or the landing card paperwork) asks is if you have agricultural items. When you enroll in Global Entry, or are doing the paperwork, it notes:
[I]”You must declare any fruits, vegetables, plants, insects, meats or meat products, dairy products, animals or animals/wildlife products, disease agents, cell cultures,
snails, or soil.”
Which seems fairly straightforward. If she had said “yes, I have an apple” and then presented it at customs, she may or may not have been allowed to keep the apple (though since the flight was likely catered internationally, probably not).
It’s the lie that’s the main problem, and the reason for revoking the privilege of Global Entry.