Travel Story: NO APPLES ALLOWED!!!

Travel Story: NO APPLES ALLOWED!!!

Hey everyone! Dana here. What a beautiful,
amazing day it is here in Munich. It’s only about ten in the morning, and it’s already
so warm and so beautiful. I woke up this morning and thought: let’s hang out in the beer garden
and tell a story. So in the last video that I put out, I mentioned,
you might have noticed, a pretty specific travel tip in there — that was the travel
tips video — that you shouldn’t forget about the apple at the bottom of your backpack when
traveling into America. If you’d like to know the story behind that, that’s happening now.
A little story time. A couple years ago I flew from here in Germany
to Colorado to spend some time with my parents, and like always, I packed some snacks. I could
not imagine flying without snacks, so I packed some of my favorites: GORP, that’s good ol’
peanuts and raisins, but I also put M&Ms in there; that’s the secret to really make it.
That’s peanuts, raisins and M&Ms, that’s what makes it good. Um, crackers, some Oreos, and
a couple apples. I don’t know how many apples; I just threw some into my bag. I flew from
here to London — no problem in London. Then from London to Colorado. Got to Colorado and they gave to me, I mentioned
in the travel video, a customs declaration, and on this form you fill out what you are
bringing with you into America, so any gifts, how much they’re worth, whether you’re bringing
food into the country with you, and whether or not you’ve been on a farm, so in any kind
of agriculture area. So, you know, it had 16 hours since I left
Germany. I was jet lagged. I thought I’d eaten all my food. I didn’t remember exactly how
much was in there, so I just went through, you know, no, no no, no food, no farm, nothing
like that. Got through the Colorado Airport, made it, or the Denver Airport, made it to
baggage claim. I was standing there waiting for my bags when I saw a female cop walking
around with one of those K9 sniffer dogs, looking for drugs. And, you know, as soon
as I saw that dog, like, my heart started to pound in my chest because I don’t know
about other people, but for me as soon as I see the drug sniffing dog I start to worry
about whether or not I might have drugs in my bag. Even though, of course, I don’t! I
start to wonder, like, well maybe I put my bag down accidentally in a pile of some drugs.
You know, like, there was just a pile of drugs there and I accidentally rolled my bag in
the drugs and the dog will smell it. I don’t know. My mind works in some interesting ways. So I started to get panicked, but I calmed
myself down; you know, it’s okay. You don’t have any drugs, of course, nothing. It’ll
be fine. So the dog comes closer. It’s this cute little
beagle. And as it nears me, it kind of charges towards me and starts barking at my feet. That is a terrifying moment. Perhaps one of
the scariest of my life. When you’re standing there in the airport, and there is a drug
dog barking at your feet. So the cop comes over, and she eyes me,
you know, suspiciously, and asks me, “Is there anything you would like to tell us about that’s
in your bag?” “No, no I don’t think so.” “Are you sure? You don’t have anything illegal in there?” “No, I don’t, I don’t think so, no.” “This is your last chance to tell us what’s
in that bag.” “I, I, nothing. I don’t know.” So she opens the bag, and she pulls out, you
know, my leftover peanuts, she doesn’t care about that. She pulls out some crumbs of Oreos
and crackers, doesn’t care about that. And then she reaches her hand way deep down
in the bag and pulls out… an apple. A Granny Smith apple. That was the
offender. And she asks me, “What is this?” “An apple,” I say. “And why do you have it?”
“I don’t know. I was hungry.” So, she took the apple, and she explained
to me that you are not allowed to bring any fruit into America from internationally. No
fruit into America. And I guess that makes sense. You know, I have heard of this before.
That fruits in different parts could have different microorganisms, different bacteria
on them, and so it’s not good to bring it into America. I’ve also heard, like, for example,
in California, when you drive into California, you’re not allowed to bring any oranges with
you from outside California into California, and they will stop and check cars. So I get
it. I totally get it. It just, it really freaked me out to be stopped by this, you know, the
K9 sniffer dog. So, she wrote on my form “K9,” which wasn’t
a very hidden code that I was stopped by the K9 dog, and, ah, I kept waiting for my luggage.
My luggage came out, grabbed it, but when I went to leave, I wasn’t allowed to leave. The guy told me: no, because you have K9 on
your form, that means you have to go now through the agriculture line. So that I guess
they can check my bag for more of whatever it was the dog found. And I tried to explain,
you know, “I promise it was just the one apple.” But it was too late. I had to go through the
agriculture line. So I went and stood in line, and it was me with my little backpack, and
I think, like, ten people that must have been coming from a dinosaur excavation because
their shoes were just caked in dirt and mud, and their clothes were dirty, and they had
these bags with all kinds of tools and supplies. So I got in line with them and they asked
me, you know, “Hey, what are you here for?” “An apple. I tried to smuggle an apple.” “Ooh,
yeah,” they said, “that’ll getcha.” So I put my bag down, went through the scanner.
And I’m curious to know, I’m not really sure, what are they scanning for in the agriculture
line? Are they just doing an x-ray like normal security, or is it a special scanner looking
for bacteria or microorganisms? If you know what they’re scanning for in the agriculture
line in America, I would love to know. Please let me know in the comments below. So anyway, I made it through the line, no
more apples in my bag. But by this point, I mean my parents were waiting out there for
me, and everyone from my flight had already come and left, and they were getting a little
worried, like, where is our daughter? So finally I come bounding out; “I’m here!
I’m here! I’m sorry I’m late. I got in trouble trying to smuggle a Granny Smith apple into
the country.” So that’s the story of the apple at the bottom
of my backpack. Don’t forget about what’s in your bag. Not matter how jet lagged you
are. That’s another tip for you, another travel tip: don’t forget about what’s in your bag. Thanks so much for watching. Please don’t
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next time, auf Wiedersehen!

82 thoughts on “Travel Story: NO APPLES ALLOWED!!!”

  • Kieran Clark says:

    I feel sorry for non-europeans travelling around because we don't really go through customs as bad as that. I could walk from my house in Liverpool all the way to East Europe without anyone asking where I am going and what I am doing !!! Love my European passport !!! 🙂

  • That must've been scary! 🙂 But at least now you can have a laugh about it 🙂 
    Great video, interesting as usual 🙂

  • This is the greatest story!  Makes me think of the same things that happen to me and my own fears.  lach!!  I used to like to travel, am now a nervous wreck that I put my bag in a pile of drugs.  Genau!  Perfekt!  Danke.

  • Mig-El Romed says:

    I'm sure I'd freak out a lot more even if I know I got nothing bad in my luggage hehe. I like that hair look btw 😉

  • Denise Wanderlust says:

    I remember quickly eating our fruit in the airport and throwing away the apple core at the Miami airport before a female agent with a cute beagle (I wonder if it could be the same one?) came around to inspect. I was mildly amused that she asked me to lower my shoulder bag to the dog's level to be sniffed. Luckily, we passed!

  • Dana… jajajajaja oh my god! aber das war lustig, wenn du gesagt hast: " I tried to smuggle an apple" 😛

  • Celeste Granillo says:

    I remember California had issues with the Fruit Fly "epidemic" in the 1980's and when Mad Cow disease hit in Late 1990's, Customs became even more strict. If someone visited a farm in the UK or in Europe, they had to remove the dirt from those shoes before they got to the customs line. That actually happened to a friend of mine. 
    I have been to another airports in Europe but the US are the worst ones-especially when one returns to the US. It's like they're mad you left in the first place. At least that's my opinion. I was once travelling with a federal agent and they even made him wait in line with everyone else. Everyone gets a hard time. LOL!

  • Seegal Galguntijak says:

    To be honest, that wasn't a very funny story. But the way you have told it made it absolutely hilarious! So I guess you're gifted in that way, telling something in a really entertaining way. Yes, that was a clumsy attempt of a compliment…

  • i got a special treatment by the TSA at the pre-flight security check in San Francisco because I forgot about the bottle of water in my back pack. the TSA-Officer rubbed a small piece of paper inside my back pack (and explosives test i guess) and ordered my to turn around to show him my back and relax. that got me scared a bit, i thought as next step i would be commanded to pull my pants down for a deep thorough body inspection 😮  😉

  • Leopold Birkholm says:

    @Wanted Adventure Thanks for sharing this story. Personally, I would not travel to the USA due to multiple reason. The biggest one is privacy. American government has no respect for citizens privacy.

  • Michael Seibel says:

    Hey Dana, I just stumbled upon your channel and I enjoy your videos a lot. Keep on :-). One thing I am wondering. Have you changed the pronunciation of your first name since you came to europe? You say it with a german A (probably the czech would also  say it like this) and not how an American probably would say Dana.

  • Vince Schröder says:

    Hallo Dana, 
    You made your videos so charming, because of your extreme lovely smile and your agreeable voice:) I'm a faithful fan, and smile back while watching! 

  • Not only Fruit can be a problem also Dairy Products and  Meat.  Dirty Hiking boots are a concern in Australia and New Zealand. Recently a Criket Player from India was fined 200 Dollars  for trying to smuggle dirty Cricket shoes into Down Under.

  • Once you get flagged either by custom officers or by the K9…you authomatically go to secondary check & the moment you are sent there they will check for everything else & is considered 'suspect" beyond the case of a mere "apple smuggler", but also a possible drug or money smuggler. They'll check for any other organic material in your bag, shoes etc. they'll check whether your luggage has any alterations. Oh yeah…and dogs can sense fear & anxiety, not just fruits, meat, fish & veggies & plants.

  • Alexander Schmitt-Geiger says:

    Hi Dana, wir hatten ein ganz ähnliches Erlebnis auf unserer Hochzeitsreise nach Alaska: Wir wollten den Sheenjek river mit einem Faltkanadier befahren. Für die 4 Wochen in der Wildnis hatten wir – ohne das Einfuhrverbot zu kennen, von dem Du in dem Apfel-Video erzähst – einen ganzen Seesack voll mit Trockengemüse, Müsli, Mehl, Trockenfrüchten etc. dabei. Wir kamen völlig übermüdet in Fairbanks als letzte zur Gepäckkontrolle. Die Beamtin sah auf unsere Papiere – und plötzlich fing sie an in breitem Bayerisch mit mir zu reden und erzählte mir, dass sie aus Oberammergau stammt, einem Dorf, ganz in der Nähe meines Geburtsortes Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Wir unterhielten uns eine halbe Stunde und sie vergaß völlig auch nur nach something illegal zu fragen. Deine Videos sind übrigens klasse!

  • +Wanted Adventure Haha, "K9"… The first few times you said it I wondered why the heck you'd name the animals race twice in "canine sniffer-dog"…

  • Riccardo Schuhmann says:

    They are crazy………..

    I just think about the hundreds of thousands of arabian refugees who come to Germany…….What might the bring with them………….?

  • I actually got stopped once at the border of California and ….. Nevada I think it was. They actually had a road block, and controlled all the cars, telling everyone that there was some sort of fruit fly plague in California, and that we had to give up all fruits we had in our cars. I had a whole bag of yummy apples…. sniff….. it was in 1984 or 85, I think….

  • Here in the U.S. we have many invasive plants. Some brought on purpose and others accidentally. Those muddy shoes would seem like more of a problem than an Apple.

  • I forgot about an orange that was in my bag, but I was traveling from the states to Germany. I didn't get stopped at Frankfurt; no drug dogs. No, my friends who were living in Germany saw me unpacking my bag, and asked me accusatory, "Is that orange from the states? It's illegal!" I didn't know, I figured fruit is imported everywhere, so what's the big deal? So now I had contraband. "I ate my illegal orange." I told my friends later. I found it interesting though, when I was leaving Germany through Munich on a later trip that the Germans searched my bag on my way OUT of the country. Just chocolate and candy this time, but I learned not to carry fruit when traveling abroad.

  • Since the US government supports GMO industry, which makes million of dollars each year, but in the same time it's production is proven deadly to people, then would you try to guess what are the exact humanitarian reasons behind not allowing other seeds in the country?

  • By God's Grace says:

    Did anyone see the guy in the background at 6:03? He disappeared!!! But then he reappeared again! There's a wormhole under that tent!

  • Rebecca Lockley says:

    I was on a cruise and we did a port stop in Cozumel Mexico. My friend and I thought we'd be clever and grab fruit from the buffet to take with us in case we got hungry and there was a huge sign as we were leaving the ship and a big rubbish bin full of fruit because you weren't allowed to take fruit off the boat into Mexico. So I sympathise.

  • I kept setting off the scanner alarm at Paris Nord Eurostar one summer. The cops kept getting me to take things off untill I was down to my shorts, I think it must have been the zip. So I dropped them. When they realised I was commando they couldn't move me on quick enough. I chuckled all the way to London.

  • Karl Ranseier says:

    Gotta love US Customs and Immigration. Same goes for the EU, no milk products whatsoever, no meat, no …

    Concerning X-Rays, they are usually all capable to mark metallic, organic and other material classes in different colors. Possible that the special line has an X-Ray preconfigured to specifically color different organic substances with different colors to get a better picture of the inside and to look more thoroughly at the contents alltogether.

    I remember a long time ago I was put in an extra customs line (more or less randomly selected people) for further processing. I was then thorougly asked what I am bringing into the US, esp. regarding food and my luggage was X-Rayed. I could then go on, while the lady behind me had all her stuff searched extremely thorougly.

    Anyway, concerning California, it is not just oranges. I remember being woken in the middle of the night, just to eat a banana before entering California, because we were not allowed to bring in the bananas, well, that is, outside of your digestive system ….

  • Thalasy McCLoud says:

    I don't think that you are not allow to bring fruits ect. because of bacteria, but rather because in America Foot can be owned by a company. Like soja beans. And bringing "Seeds" from other countries would hurt the rights of that company.
    Just my guess. But in Europe for example you are not allowed to bring Meat or Milk, because Europe does not approve of the genetic manupilations that some countrys do to there products.

  • Christian Geiselmann says:

    Once I went to attend a conference in New York, and I took a bag of apples with me. At Newark airport, waiting in the queue, I understood that apples are a security issue in the US. I did not want to throw the apples away, as I would never throw away food, for ethical reasons. I managed to eat all eight apples while waiting in the queue. (The queue was hundreds of metres long and slow moving.) Having passed all stations of border control, I found one left over apple in my laptop bag. Wow! I was a threat now for the biological integrity of the country. Being in friendly mood, I destroyed the weapon by eating it, too, but just two days later. First I placed it on my hotel desk as a monument of security flaws at this airport. Should I have informed the government about the apple leak at Newark?

  • Had it been me, I would have flipped out thinking that someone somehow smuggled drugs in my bag, either at hotel, coffee shop, standing in line… It think I remember seeing that scenario in a movie. That would be scary.

  • In Tasmania Australia they have the sniffer dogs at the airport to check for fruit. It's not scary though to get caught, they just pull your bag to the side and get you to open it while the dog keeps sniffing the rest of the bags.

    Australia and then regions of Tasmania, it's important to check what is coming in, because we have a lot of diseases other countries don't and industries could be wiped out by smuggled in fruit, animals, meat, etc…

  • What they are really worried about are insects.
    I had a run in with one of those drug dogs and I confused the hell out of it. It was really funny later but scary at the time.
    The dog had been trained to sit, look at its handler then look at where it smelled drugs. I was standing in line when the dog came by and with me it smelled something it had never encountered before. The dog didn't smell drugs, but it also didn't smell a human leg.
    It was confused and kept sniffing my leg. It looked at the handler but didn't sit. It just kept sniffing and sniffing.
    Finally the cop asked me to lift my pant leg. The cop was confused as well because the dog differently smelled something, but he wasn't "hitting" on me.
    Apparently they had never considered amputees. As the dog had never encountered one, it didn't know what to make of the strange smell.
    I got a call later from the agency that trained these dogs. They wanted to hire amputees to help train the animals to deal with and identify the smell of prosthesis.
    They wanted the dogs to ignore the smell, but to still hit on it if they were being used to smuggle.

  • Falko Ziemann says:

    Not long ago I was on a domestic flight in Germany together with my boss and there are only very few security checks on domestic flights. So a security-officer walked up to me and told me that I was chosen for a random security check. So I followed him to small booth, where he swiped a little stripe over my cloth, then put it in a small computer and the computer started flashing all red with the word "BOMBE!" (Bomb) across the screen. The second later 3 police officers with machine guns were standing around me. They repeated the test, it was negative and the cop told me: "yes, this happens sometimes when you use liquid detergent." Scared me to death while my boss was rolling on the floor laughing.

  • Patent free seeds from European apples is like bringing communism to the U.S. You could cultivate your own free food without having to pay licenses to the genetic manipulating seed industry.

  • MlleLolaBelle says:

    Granny Smith Apple? Really? I'm almost sure that your apple flew from US to German and u bought it and just brought it back to US:)

  • the desert mermaid says:

    Hahahaha I loved this story, something similar happened when I was flying from Maui back to California with my boyfriend and his family and there was also an apple in the bag that we had completely forgotten about. But it happened at the maui airport and they were rather friendly and just scanned the bag and us a million times and then they eventually found the apple and just took it away and disposed it. I think the experience at LAX would have been a lot scarier…

  • Some countries (New Zealand, Australia,…) even ask you if you have sport equipment, shoes, … Along with farm products and produce. Failure to declare any such items would merit an on the spot fine.

  • For me it was always toothpaste. No matter if from Germany to US or vice versa, they always stopped me for toothpaste smuggling! And the same happened to my ex from the US when she went to England.

  • Funny how the us protects its agriculture against foreign organisms, when they are all polluted by gmos, and god knows what. Well on second thought, it might be a copyright law of the monsanto lobby…

  • Kyle Kochanski says:

    X-Ray machines can be set to alert to different types of compounds. When you go through security the scanners are set to look for in-organic compounds like explosives and metal for bombs and guns, when you go through an agricultural check the machine highlights organic compounds on the screen. This allows the operators to only focus on what they need to be looking for. The machines can do both at the same time, but they choose to do the checks at separate times to allow focus on specific items. This comes from direct knowledge growing up with parents who were instructors for the Department of Homeland Security in the US. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the process.

  • when i was 15 i flew from frankfurt to bristol all alone. my mom brought me to the airport and put some treats in my bag for surprising me. unluckily she chose liquid yoghurt and got me in serious trouble with the international airport security because i insisted i had no liquids in my bag, or at least i didnt put any in there. they were scared as hell and thought i may got used by others for their terroristic purposes, got me out of line with a lot of weaponed policemen and tadaaaa found a liquid yoghurt 😀

  • * Potato Power * says:

    I'm glad to hear that your heart goes too when you see sniffer dogs even though you're carrying nothing. I always get super nervous, even when going through security. Makes me feel like a criminal.

  • Australia is also very strict with this. As an island they have to careful with agricultural diseases. I know someone who brought a bicycle with some dirt on it. It caused a lot of trouble!
    They check for insects and plants with diseases in the agricultural line.

  • ""What are you in for?" "An apple." Like the Group W bench in Alice's Restaurant Massacree in Four Part Harmony. Though agricultural issues are very important. As a child (1960's) I remember the agricultural checkpoints coming into California.

  • In the UK, I bought a bottle of Mead in Ireland. Coming through customs in Newark (long story involving flight delays), I mentioned having a bottle of mead in my luggage. Immediately the customs guy got extremely interested, hyper-interested, because he thought he had heard, "meat. Then I explained what mead is.

    That has taken me back to a Sophia Loren comedy, 1971, called "Lady Liberty" ("La Mortadella" in Italian). Trying to bring some Italian wurst in for her fiancé, she creates an international incident that turns into nothing. The main thing I remember is when she passes through customs and on opposite sides of a street in New York they exchange a series of Italian hand gestures.

  • Obviously, you aren't even allowed to bring fruit when you cross (some?) innerstate borders in the US.
    I think it was when we went from Arizona to California, that the guy in the car before us had to throw his oranges away, before he was allowed to drive on.

  • Mobil conan Telefon says:

    Der Apfel war nur eine Ausrede um Dich zu kontrolieren. Nächstes Jahr könnten es auch weiße Socken, oder roter Lippenstift sein, da kann man in einer Demokratie nichts machen.

  • Julian Richter says:

    I had the Dept. of Agriculture dog hit on my bag. His handler asked whether I had sausage, cheese, etc. and I said, no, just chocolate. The handler said, "He's not being paid to sniff out chocolate." Looked through my bag and only found Milka and Ritter Sport. Not even Kinder Eier! Maybe the dog really likes chocolate.

  • Volker Hartmann says:

    I know, this video is three years old, but you seem to have got away lightly. Yesterday (April 22, 2018), there was an article in the Washington Post: A woman flying back from France brought an apple through Customs. It cost her $500.
    The woman wants to fight to get the fine overturned, which I can well understand. The fine is ridiculously disproportionate, if you consider the 'crime'.

  • You should check out Border Patrol: America's Front Line. They have versions for several different countries, but it will probably clear up a lot of questions for you. Most likely that was an agriculture dog, not a drug dog. I know for sure Canada has dogs for drugs, dogs for agriculture, and dogs for currency. And, yes, when they're doing an x-ray for agriculture, it's just a regular x-ray to make sure there's nothing else in there they may have missed in a manual search. I know you didn't do it on purpose, but people are pretty crafty.

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