Fake-bomb TV crew held at US airport

Seven TV crew members were arrested at a us airport after allegedly trying to film the smuggling a fake bomb yet.

The incident happened Thursday at Newark Liberty in New Jersey.

Transport officials have said that a bag carrying an item with “all the characteristics of an improvised explosive device” was found before he had passed security checks.

The american media say that the crew were part of a reality show is made by a production company for CNBC.

Production company Endemol Shine North America, has released a statement saying it was investigating the incident and co-operating with the authorities.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused,” the statement said.

Endemol Shine produces the show, Staten Island’s Chaos, CNBC has taken it. CNBC has not yet commented.

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The crew reportedly wanted to secretly film to pass through a security check with the fake device.

Sources reported by the New York Daily News said that the crew then wanted to film the reaction of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials, and the public panic that would ensue.

Images of the device shown apparently of vacuum cleaner parts and wires.

A source told the New York Daily News: “The TSA bomb tech just happened to be [at the checkpoint]. She quickly looked at him, and he said that it was nothing and that have been taken”.

The crew face allegations of conspiracy to create a social alarm, among others, the authorities say.

Lisa Farbstein, public affairs spokesman at the TSA, said that the members of the crew have also faced civil penalties of up to $ 13,000 (£9,300) for any breach of security.

Endemol Shine North America is behind such shows as Big Brother, MasterChef and the Fear Factor.