Nine members of a CNBC crew were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport last week on charges of trying to smuggle a fake bomb through airport security, reports NJ.com. Companies that employed the men — Left Hook Media and Endemol Shine North America — described the arrest as a “misunderstanding,” and suggested airport security personnel had misidentified vacuum compression luggage, an invention meant to provide travelers with more room for clothing, as a fake bomb. The men were filming the reality show “Staten Island Hustle,” which is scheduled to debut in the spring. The new show follows a group of friends looking for ideas for products and investments.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has accused the men of covertly filming what authorities said was an attempt to smuggle through security a fake improvised explosive device, which officials said included a motor, wires, and pipes. They were charged with creating a false public alarm, interference with transportation and conspiracy. A former prosecutor said the men “were purposefully trying to incite widespread fear and hysteria and hoping to capture that on camera, assuming the state’s allegations are true.”