Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Television crew busted with fake bomb

Television crew busted with fake bomb

"The crew apparently wanted to see how passengers and Transportation Security Administration workers would react to the device", reports CNN. The item had "all the makings of an improvised explosive device", the TSA said. 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".

In addition, the men could face civil penalties of more than $13,000 for each violation of the TSA's security regulations.

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

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

All were released without posting bail. CNN is reporting that none of them had media credentials and NBC 4 NY reported that the crew members are not direct employees of the cable network.

The crew is from the Endemol Shine Group, a Dutch production company which has been involved with television programmes such as Peaky Blinders, Big Brother and Broadchurch, among others. As it turns out, a TV news crew in New Jersey recently found that out the hard way by getting arrested for trying to smuggle a fake bomb through a security checkpoint.

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"The preliminary investigation indicates that all were in collaboration and claimed to be working for a television network", Lisa Farbstein, acting director of media relations, wrote in a news release.

According to airport officials, the defendants all claimed to work for a CNBC reality show and had hired an engineer to craft the faux-bomb out of vacuum cleaner parts, PVC pipe, and a flexible hose.

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

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

"Without MBAs (or even college degrees) these men prove that grit, ingenuity, and street smarts may be the real key to success".

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