A TV Crew Got Caught Trying to Smuggle a Fake Bomb Through Airport Security
They were arrested and could face thousands of dollars in fines.
TSA spokesperson Lisa Farberstein stated that officials found “an item in a carry-on bag that had all of the makings of an improvised explosive device.” Members of the crew were reportedly filming the encounter.
Several arrested by police on Thursday after @TSA detected a suspicious item in a carry-on bag at a Newark Airport checkpoint. They
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
— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) January 19, 2018
“The preliminary investigation indicates that all were in collaboration and claimed to be working for a television network,” Farbstein wrote in a news release. “The group did not make it past the checkpoint because TSA officers detected the item, which was concealed in a roller bag.”
A source told nj.com that the apprehended individuals are employed by Endemol Shine Group, a Dutch production company that contracts CNBC.
They will likely be charged with creating a false public alarm, conspiracy and interference with transportation, and could face civil penalties of up to $13,000 for each violation.
Hopefully the television segment gets made, because we really need to know if it’s OK to bring fake bombs on airplanes.
h/t: Fox News