A film crew of seven members tried to intentionally sneak in a fake explosive device, past TSA checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, on Thursday.
The crew attempted to film themselves breaching security as a prank. They expected to record the panic and disarray the discovery of a “bomb” in the airport may cause and use it for a reality TV show.
However, they failed when the authorities caught them at the airport’s security checkpoint, hiding “a suspicious device in a carry-on bag. What they probably did not expect was a bomb tech from the Transportation Security Administration who happened to be at the checkpoint, coincidentally. “He quickly looked it over, said it was nothing and they were taken in,” said an anonymous source.
They were arrested by Port Authority police around 3 pm and will be facing several charges.
Michael McCarthy, a spokesperson for Transportation Security Administration stated that “They failed, were caught and were arrested on multiple charges”.
The team was reportedly filming for a reality TV show called ‘Staten Island Hustle’ produced by Endemol Shine Group and has been tied to the cable network CNBC. The company is known for producing several famous reality TV shows, including as MasterChef and The Biggest Loser.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will charge the film crew members with the charges likely being for creating a false public alarm, conspiracy, and interference with transportation etc and could be charged over $13,000 per security violation.
This type of “stunt” is obviously meaningless and people should understand that there’s a limit and causing such nuisance and disturbances will result in stringent steps to be taken against them.
“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,” Julie Holland, a spokesperson for Endemol Shine North America, said in a statement.