Alon Felman was on a trip to a police training seminar in Florida when the replica device was spotted by airport screeners.
The Israeli man who was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport for attempting to take a fake bomb through security, earlier this month, will not be prosecuted, the officials in Essex County, N. J., have announced.
Alon Felman was arrested on Sept. 4, after the activation of a scare at Newark airport, which is then closed six Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening lanes, by the placing of the device in the air hub through its carry-on baggage.
Felman, a defense contractor, told police he brought the replica of the improvised explosive device to the airport as he flies to a police training seminar in Florida, News 12 New Jersey reported. He had just arrived in Newark from Tel Aviv.
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It was reported that he was confronted with the charges of making false alarm and interfere with the transport, as per NJ.com.
Prosecutors in Essex County ultimately determined Felman had a legitimate reason for setting the device to the airport, and that the device posed no threat of the explosion of the Associated Press reported.
Essex County prosecutors say the charges against the Felon was dismissed after authorities determined he had a legitimate purpose for owning the device and that it is not something that can explode.
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At the time, however, TSA officials had said that the device appeared a “fully assembled IED,” which is the conclusion of security checks.
“Everybody responded to the event properly. Law enforcement was called and a security perimeter was established, until it was deemed safe to resume normal activities,” said TSA’s New Jersey Federal Security Director Tom Carter in a statement obtained by Fox News.
“The item was built to look exactly like an explosive. The terror threat is real and we do not take chances when it comes to protecting the lives of the passengers,” Carter added. “We have an excellent relationship with our police partners and we thank them for their response to this unfortunate incident.”
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Carter had also called Felman’s actions “foolish” for his actions.
“The person who brought this device to the checkpoint knew he had a replica of a bomb with him and as such he should know better than to bring in an active checkpoint,” Carter said. “His foolish actions inconvenience to hundreds of passengers.”
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