Film crew linked to CNBC show arrested after attempting to sneak fake bomb through airport security

A film crew linked to cable business news channel CNBC was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Thursday after attempting to sneak a fake bomb through airport security. 
 
Seven members of a cable TV crew working for the Endemol Shine Group, which contracts with CNBC, were arrested for the attempt, which the Transportation Security Administration determined was not a threat. According to CBS's New York City local affiliate, the seven suspects told investigators they were part of the "Staten Island Hustle" show. 
 
The prop “had all the markings of an improvised explosive device,” according to a TSA spokeswoman. 

“At the same time, others in the group covertly filmed the encounter,” she added. 
 
Port Authority police said it has charged the seven crew members with conspiracy to create a public alarm, among other charges. 
 
CNBC is based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., which is approximately a 30-minute drive from Newark Airport.
  
Endemol Shine Group is a Dutch production company behind "Staten Island Hustle," which will launch in the spring. 

The show is one of three reality programs the Comcast-owned channel is adding to its primetime lineup, including "BYOB: Be Your Own Boss" premiering Feb. 27, and "Deadly Rich," which will debut in the summer.

Endemol has produced hits including "Big Brother," "MasterChef" and "The Biggest Loser." 

"We are looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority and are in contact with relevant authorities on the ground.  While this process is ongoing we are unable to comment further but in the meantime, we sincerely apologize for any disruption caused," said Endemol spokeswoman Julie Holland in a statement. 
 
CNBC has declined comment.