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A Transportation Security Administration agent runs checked baggage through a x-ray machine at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in Houston. Airport security officers around the nation have been alerted to look out for terrorists practicing to carry explosive components onto aircraft, based on four curious seizures at airports since last September. ( AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) ** MANDATORY CREDIT **

A TV crew tried passing a fake bomb through airport security

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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.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says it happened at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday.

Farbstein 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.

She adds the alleged TV crew members were arrested on multiple charges and face possible civil penalties by the TSA.

Endemol Shine North America, which employs the crew, says the device is a "specially designed suitcase" used to compact clothing and "has no other intended use."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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