A TV crew has been arrested in New Jersey for attempting to smuggle a “fake explosive device” through security. The crew was reportedly filming for cable network CNBC.
The incident happened on Thursday at Newark Liberty International Airport. ABC News reported that authorities said the item had “all of the makings of an improvised explosive device.”
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said:
At least seven individuals have been arrested by Port Authority Police after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a suspicious item in a carry-on bag.
The team is said to be part of Dutch production company Endemol Shine Group, who hold contracting work with CNBC. An investigation into the event states certain members of the group were discreetly filming, as others tried to smuggle the fake explosive past security staff.
The New York Daily News added that the crew was aiming to record the moment security staff came across the fake device and were hoping for panicked reactions as it was discovered. TSA officers caught it and arrested the entire crew, who are set to be charged with multiple offenses - not least of which would be civil penalties, as well as the potential to be charged over $13,000 for each security violation they are deemed to have committed.