CNBC crew with fake bomb arrested at Newark Airport, source says

Christie Denied Special Entry at Airport

Christie Denied Special Entry at Airport

At least seven people were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on January 18, after allegedly attempting to film the smuggling of a fake bomb in a roller bag through a security checkpoint for a television show.

Inside the bag, TSA agents found "the markings of an improvised explosive device", a spokesperson with the administration said.

The suspects were charged with conspiracy, creating a public false alarm and interference with transportation.

Tom Carter, TSA's Federal Security Director for New Jersey, likened the stunt to be like shouting 'fire!' in a crowded theatre or using a toy gun to rob a bank, just to see what happened.

The nine individuals, all men, were charged and released, the Port Authority said.

According to the law enforcement source, the crew members told police that they were with the show "Staten Island Hustle".

"Inert device" is a technical term for a fake bomb.

Each of the group has been released without bail, though they could be fined $13,000 (£9,380) for each of the charges.

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TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein posted a photo of the fake device on Twitter.

The group had been working for production company Endemol Shine North America on a show to be aired on CNBC, according to the TSA.

The group did not make it past the checkpoint because TSA officers said they detected the item, which was concealed in a roller bag.

The device appeared to consist of wires and portions of a vacuum cleaner, among other things.

Endmol said in a statement that they were in contact with authorities and could not comment further on the case.

"While this process is ongoing we are unable to comment further but in the meantime, we sincerely apologize for any disruption caused", Holland said.

It's not known which TV network the group may work for or which TV show they may have been filming the encounter for.

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