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Kim & Kanye

TSA Investigating

JFK Security Breach [Update]

2/13/2013 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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2:00 PM PT -- 
A rep for American Airlines tells TMZ ... the company is taking responsibility for the incident, explaining, "This was a lapse in judgment by one of our employees."

AA adds, "We’re working closely with the TSA and speaking to the individuals involved to better understand what happened."

But the airline says the 50-minute delay wasn't ENTIRELY due to the Kimye incident ... saying, "It was delayed in part ... because a number of connecting bags were delayed getting to the aircraft."

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Kim Kardashian
and Kanye West are at the center of a TSA investigation following a major security violation at JFK yesterday ... but the TSA tells TMZ Kimye is NOT to blame.

We've learned ... K&K had taken a flight from Brazil to JFK on Tuesday, where the plan was to catch a connecting flight to Los Angeles. 

But once they landed in NY, the couple met up with an airline greeter ... who, according to the TSA, allowed them to bypass a key security checkpoint to get them to their next flight as quickly as possible.

After Kim and Kanye took their seats on the L.A.-bound plane ... a TSA agent yanked them off the flight ... and made K&K go through another layer of security.

We're told the plane was delayed for roughly an hour while the couple was screened by TSA agents.

Now, the TSA tells us it wasn't Kim and Kanye's fault ...explaining, "An airline employee escorted the two travelers through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight."

"In doing so, the airline employee violated security protocols by permitting the travelers to by-pass the TSA security checkpoint. TSA officials learned of the violation and conducted a private screening of the two passengers in the area of the jetway."

"The passengers were cleared to board their flight, which departed after a delay of approximately 50 minutes. TSA is actively investigating the incident."

The couple ultimately touched down in L.A. ... where they were greeted by a gaggle of paparazzi ... but seemed incredibly calm considering all they had been through.

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NobodySpecial    

In that screen grab you can see the guy in the red jacks is obviously not impressed.

432 days ago
17.

JMP    

WHAT THEY HAD BEEN THROUGH?? Are you kidding me? These two selfish a**holes probably played the "Dont you know who we are" to airline greeter, and now this poor person has to get the blame for it?? Please - please, people stop watching this cows horrible show and stop buying this narcissists aweful music... maybe they will fade away. What a disgusting couple, and KIM, how does it feel parading around being knocked up by another guy while you're still married, huh????

432 days ago
18.

RobinD323    

Ha Ha Ha- Their ROYALstatus means nothing as they now see. Wanna Be's

432 days ago
19.

Virtual Insanity    

All they'd been through? What about the other passengers?

432 days ago
20.

Jordan    

Too Bad they don't have enough money to have their own private plane!!!!!!

432 days ago
21.

tamara    

Isn't Mrs Humphries endangering the baby with nonstop travel, constant time changes and the stress that puts on her body which also affects the baby.
oops! I forgot, it's Mr. Humphries who is the danger.

432 days ago
22.

DeeMaree    

Kim and Kanye should not have a plane held up for them. That said TSA sucks.

432 days ago
23.

Holycrap!    

slow news day guys?

432 days ago
24.

EasilyHard    

Both worth over 50 mill whats with the domestic flight?

432 days ago
25.

Adam    

Good job TSA! Like you would have found anything! Waste of money, waste of time! Idiots!

432 days ago
26.

KicksandGiggles    

You would think these two ka-zillionares would have their own private jet. Any airport who gives special treatment to a "celeb" should be fired. Our regular jobs may not earn us millions but I guarantee our jobs are more respectable than a Whore and a Rambling Moron.

432 days ago
27.

ray    

Jesus F-ing christ!!! the airline delayed an entire plane load of people to accomodate this crappy rapper and his whore baby momma! I do believe I would be on the local news ranting and announcing my suit against the "star" sucking airline.

432 days ago
28.

Moment of Clarity    

Wealthy Black celebrity problems.

432 days ago
29.

pseudonym    

This is not an exclusive story. Yawn.

432 days ago
30.

CORRY    

Lock them up I don't want to see them again.I'm tired of them.

432 days ago
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