21 January, 2018
According to the TSA, the people claimed they were working on a television show together and tried to see if they'd be able to get what appeared to be a fake bomb through Newark Airport's security without getting noticed.
Farbstein said the group did not make it past the security checkpoint because TSA agents found the items, which were concealed inside a roller bag.
The Port Authority Police were called to the security screening at Terminal One to investigate a suspicious package in a carry-on bag that looked like an explosive device, Pentangelo said. Now, the crew members face possible civil penalties and could be charged more than $13,000 per security violation.
"This type of stunt is reckless, dangerous, uninformed and totally insensitive to the reality of the terror threat we face".
The men were a part of the crew for Staten Island Hustle, a reality show about a group of self-made businessmen and friends from the working class NY borough.
The New York Daily News added that the crew was aiming to record the moment security staff came across the fake device and were hoping for panicked reactions as it was discovered.
Others in the group "covertly" filmed it, she said.
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The device was made up of vacuum cleaner parts and wires, according to a law enforcement source who spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity.
The series, which is coming in the spring, reportedly "centers on a group of life-long friends and investors from Staten Island", according to a report in Variety.
The network referred all questions to the Endemol group on Thursday.
"We are looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority and are in contact with relevant authorities on the ground", the company said in a statement.
"We sincerely apologise for any disruption caused", the statement said.