TV crew arrested trying to sneak fake bomb on flight

TV crew arrested trying to sneak fake bomb on flight

"At least seven individuals have been arrested by Port Authority Police after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected a suspicious item in a carry-on bag", TSA said in a statement.

They were later charged with causing false public alarm, conspiracy and interfering with transportation, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. "A bomb tech with the TSA determined that the device posed no threat, and that eight people were taken into custody". The object was fitted with a motor, wires and pipes, suggesting that it was an improvised explosive device such as a pipe bomb.

The two-term Republican, who left office on January 16, was blocked from a VIP entrance he had used for eight years, and directed to stand in Transportation Security Administration screening lines at Terminal B like anyone else, according to a person familiar with the incident.

Sources told the paper the crew, who are part of the reality TV show, "Staten Island Hustle", said they wanted to film the reactions of TSA agents as they found the fake, realistic-looking contraption - and the mass hysteria that they hoped would follow.

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The police spokesperson, Mukhtar Aliyu, had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that the abducted foreigners were freed late Friday night. The gunmen are reported by Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper to have killed two Nigerian policemen who were escorting the foreigners.

ABC News reports some members of the crew tried to sneak the fake explosive through security at about 3 p.m. while others secretly filmed their effort.

In another incident concerning the Newark airport, NBC News reported that former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was denied a VIP entry at the airport's Terminal C by a TSA official Thursday. "It is the equivalent to yelling 'Fire!' in a crowded theater or using a toy gun to rob a bank and then claiming that it was just a toy, just to see what happens", said Tom Carter, TSA's Federal Security Director for New Jersey. "Farbstein says the alleged TV crew members were arrested on multiple charges and face possible civil penalties by the TSA".

CNBC declined to comment, but Julie Holland, spokeswoman for Endemol Shine North America, apologised.

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