TV Crew Arrested in Fake Bomb Stunt

"This type of stunt is reckless, dangerous, uninformed and totally insensitive to the reality of the terror threat we face".

The crew's goal appeared to be to see how passengers and TSA workers would react to it.

The nine individuals, all men, were charged and released, the Port Authority said. 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. Transportation Security Administration officers spotted the device and pulled the crew aside.

Yet one brilliant production team thought it would a good idea to film the smuggling of a phony bomb through the security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport - without running it by the TSA!

The crew members told police they were with the reality show "Staten Island Hustle" but were unable to produce any media credentials.

Members of a television crew reportedly working for CNBC have found themselves in hot water after attempting to bring a fake bomb through a TSA checkpoint. The Port Authority Police Department, which oversees security at NY area airports, said "the item was in a carry-on bag and resembled a possible explosive device". Investigators said that while some members of the group attempted to carry the bag through security, others "covertly" filmed the encounter.

Images of the device showed it apparently made of vacuum cleaner parts and wires.

"We are looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority and are in contact with relevant authorities on the ground", the statement said.

"We sincerely apologise for any disruption caused", the statement said.

"Staten Island Hustle" will air on CNBC, and it "centers on a group of life-long friends and investors from Staten Island", Variety reported.

  • Joey Payne