TV crew arrested trying to smuggle fake bomb through airport security, TSA says
At least seven people were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Thursday, after allegedly attempting to film the smuggling of a fake bomb through a security checkpoint for a television show.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told CBS New York that the defendants all claimed to work for a television network and were covertly filming the encounter. The improvised explosive device, which appeared to involve parts of a vacuum cleaner, did not make it through the checkpoint as it was detected as a suspicious item.
A source told the New York Daily News that the people arrested were part of the CNBC reality TV show Staten Island Hustle, and that they wanted to record the mass panic they presumed would ensue from the discovery of the item, which resembled a bomb. Endemol Shine North America, the show’s producer, released a statement saying it was “looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority.”
Endemol’s statement continued: “While this process is ongoing we are unable to comment further but in the meantime, we sincerely apologize for any disruption caused.”
A spokesperson at the TSA told the BBC that the television crew members could face civil penalties of up to $13,000 for each security violation.
The TSA did not immediately respond to Fortune‘s request for comment.
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