“Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint,” the AP reports.
Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, says the incident took place Thursday at Newark Liberty International Airport.
“She says some members of the group attempted to bring the fake explosive device in a carry-on bag, but it was detected by TSA officers and never made it past security,” the AP reports. “Farbstein says the alleged TV crew members were arrested on multiple charges and face possible civil penalties by the TSA.”
The crew reportedly works for Endemol Shine North America, which said the device is a “specially designed suitcase” used to compact clothing and “has no other intended use.”