Newark, N.J. – Seven people who said they worked for a television crew were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday when they tried to film themselves going through a security checkpoint with a fake bomb.
Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) officers arrested the entire group on Jan. 18 after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners discovered a suspicious item in the carry-on baggage, according to WCBS.
Some members of the group tried to carry a bag through the security checkpoint with an item in it that had “all the makings of an improvised explosive device,” according to the TSA.
TSA said that the group all claimed to be working together for a television network, and that they believed the production crew filmed the encounter with TSA, WCBS reported.
Authorities believed the group wanted to try to get through the security checkpoint with the fake bomb while filming themselves doing so, according to WCBS.
“We are looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority and are in contact with relevant authorities on the ground,” an Endemol Shine North America representative said in the statement.
“While this process is ongoing we are unable to comment further but in the meantime, we sincerely apologize for any disruption caused,” the production company said.
CNBC declined to comment, according to WCBS.
After the television crew failed to cross through the checkpoint without being detected, all seven were arrested on numerous charges that carry some stiff fines, according to TSA.
The television crew could be charged with creating a false public alarm, conspiracy, and interference with transportation. They face civil fines of up to $13,000 for each violation.