NEW JERSEY (FOX5NY) - The TSA says that a crew shooting video for a TV show tried to get a fake bomb through security at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday.
They said that "at least seven" people were arrested after TSA crews detected the suspicious item in a carry-on bag at a checkpoint. Officials say they had attempted to intentionally carry it onto a plane in a carry-on bag.
They say the device had all of the makings of an IED. Investigators say the crew was trying to get the item through security in a roller bag while secretly recording video of the incident.
NJ.com reported that the crew was with the Endemol Shine Group, a Dutch production company that contracts with several US Broadcasters and cable outlets. It reported that the crew was producing a show for CNBC.
The company issued a statement saying: "We are looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority and are in contact with relevant authorities on the ground. While this process is ongoing we are unable to comment further but in the meantime, we sincerely apologize for any disruption caused."
The individuals were arrested on multiple charges and face possible civil penalties by the TSA. The could also face fines of over $13,000 for each violation of TSA’s security regulations.
Several arrested by police on Thursday after @TSA detected a suspicious item in a carry-on bag at a Newark Airport checkpoint. They— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) January 19, 2018
attempted to intentionally carry an item in a carry-on bag
that had all of the makings of an IED and film it for a TV show. TSA caught them. pic.twitter.com/DCMa0ucAcl