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“I just got caught by one of the beagles while waiting for my checked bag to come out. Accidentally left a banana in my carry-on. The woman with the dog said it doesn’t matter that it was an accident–the fact that I didn’t declare it at the Global Entry kiosk warranted a $500 fine. She also said that it means my GE access is revoked and now I have a customs violation on my record so likely will be rejected if I ever apply again.
Worst mistake ever.
Anyone have any experience with this? I paid the fine on the spot so I’m not sure if that means I can no longer protest it”
The story has gotten quite a few responses from other travelers who have also forgotten that a piece of fruit was in their carry on bag while re-entering the USA, and the punishments for the forbidden fruits have varied. The one common theme, tho, is that the ‘detector dogs’ are good at their job.
According to the CBP, “When it comes to finding prohibited fruit, vegetables, plants, and meat products from high-risk countries, the nose knows. A trained agriculture dog can scan a piece of luggage for smuggled or forgotten fruits in mere seconds.”
I’ve always assumed when I’ve seen detector dogs sniffing bags that they were looking for illegal drugs rather than prohibited agriculture items. It’s seems easy to forget about a piece of fruit in a carry-on bag, but I feel like I’ve learned the important lesson of double checking my carry-on prior to re-entering the USA. Anyone else?
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