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1. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

We've got going as two good threads - 'Best' and 'Worst' airlines. What about worst experiences on landing?? I'll start it off....
I've just been watching a travel programme here in GB that was filmed at Auckland Airport in NZ. A flight came in and loads of passengers had an apple that had been given to them by the cabin staff. Each of the passengers was fined NZ$220 for bringing in a foreign fruit. Who's fault - the passenger or the airline??

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 7y

It is the passangers fault.
NZ does NOT aloud bringing food among other items.
If you have some of the forbidden items you have the possibility to discharge them before you aproach custom.
when you fill out the declaration for custom you also sign that you NOT bring in any of the forbidden items.
the passangers cant blame the airline,they should have eaten the apple while on the plane.

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4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

That's exactly the point they raised on the programme, that there is a form to be filled in on approach to landing and it states quite clearly about no fruit and veg etc. However, don't you think that the airline is being a little irresponsible giving everyone an apple - knowing full well that it's a no-no at customs?? I really felt for the young lass who was a solo traveller and got fined $220. She was in tatters - and the customs officer was really laying into here. Yeah - I know what she did was wrong - but just an announcement by the cabin crew before landing, along the lines of.... "Eat your apple before you get off - or leave it in the rubbish bag on leaving the plane - Thanks."
Your thoughts??

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

considering they give you a slip of paper on the plane that states multiple times, NO FRUIT ALLOWED!

it's the passengers fault. should've eaten it on the plane.

6. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I arrived back in Philadelphia after spending 8.5 months in the south pacific. I'm still recovering to this day!

7. Posted by vickon (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

It s so funny story. I know i am a bad guy but I would like to be at one side and watching them holding the apple and hearing that they have to pay all these money. Great post Redpaddy. It could be a joke!!!

8. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 7y

Wow! That's one hefty price for an apple!

I can't top that story but I am reminded of when my husband and I landed in Dublin for our Honeymoon in 2006. We were told to take the shuttle to Drury's Hotel. (The bus driver kept asking us... "Are you SURE it's the Drury's in Ballsbridge?" We assured him it was and he looked quite perturbed. We were to walk from Drury's to our B&B on Landsdowne Rd. The traffic was horrible and the place was a zoo. We set off on Landsdowne only to find out the biggest match of the year between Munster and Ulster had just finished. My husband and I had our roller luggage and looked like salmon swimming upstream as 70,000 fans were walking toward us exiting the game Our B&B was three residences away from the stadium. (Funny thing is, we had just left London where they were celebrating the Queens 80th birthday and Shakespeare's 400th. I remember telling my husband, "Well, at least it will be quieter once we get to Dublin." Famous last words...) At least the nice Irish cop was laughing.

LadyMacWilly ^..^ `

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10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Johannesburg was a total nightmare. Two very full planes arrived at the same time, and they had TWO people in customs to see some 600 people through. We were in line for over 2 hours. We got a small break when the crowd went a bit weird and moved over to where they thought another booth was opening up, so Neal and I stayed in line and moved half-way to the front in an instant. Good thing, too--security sent everyone back to stand in the never-ending queue.

We lost a sau├žisson we bought at CDG airport coming back, too. Turns out that, just because they sell it at the airport, it's no guarantee that you'll get it through customs.

Oh, and this has been bothering me since last week: How does it make any sense that I leave Canada with a Ziplock baggie full of carry-on liquids (as per Canadian norms), only to go through UK customs to be told the baggie is too BIG! Can't governments come to some sort of consensus about these things? I told the guard to keep my hand sanitizer and wet wipes... cheaper than buying the 1-pound replacement baggie!