A TV crew has been arrested after they attempted to smuggle a set of fake explosives through Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey. There were eight people who detained by airport security after checks revealed a set of PVC pipes with wires poking out of them. The crew has claimed that they are employed by the news company CNBC and were attempting to test the TSA’s reaction to an attempted bomb-smuggling.
The crew supposedly work on a show called Staten Island Hustle and intended to film the reaction of TSA staff as they found the bomb, and were apparently most interested in footage of the panic it caused.
Well, in a sense, they got exactly what they wanted. The bomb was quickly revealed to be a fake but that doesn’t mean the TSA are gonna start clapping people on the back and taking it as a good-hearted joke. The crew are facing charges of creating a public false alarm, conspiracy and interference with transportation that could net them a total of $13,000 worth of fines. There’s even the possibility of jail-time.
To me this sounds a little bit like saying, “I’m going to put my finger in this bear trap to test if it’s working.” Well, if it fails you might get a good story out of it, but there’s no way that outweighs the risk of it doing exactly what it was built to do. And in this age there’s no excuse for taking airport security lightly. Everyone knows it’s a serious job that aims to prevent a serious problem and they do so using serious methods. The TSA are not substitute teachers begging for a good prank.
Still, the footage might be pretty funny.