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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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31.

natasha    

Ok so it wasn't Kim or Kanye's fault so this is a non story.

584 days ago
32.

LeesaAnn322    

Let me get this straight. They delayed the plane for 50 minutes for K&K ???? Oooh I'd be pissed! They don't hold the planes for anyone else, what made this situation so special? Let them miss the flight ! Take a private jet, isn't that what they always do anyway? Wow...

584 days ago
33.

Cooley    

The TSA is so fcking dumb.

Can't believe Obama hasn't shut down this intrusive, unnecessary invasion into American privacy.

Just read yesterday where they arrested a man for having peanut butter with oil in a jar -- they though the oil was an explosive as opposed to just peanut oil.

I hate the TSA and will drive and boat anywhere to bypass they dumb, theiving asses.

They don't catch terrorists. They harass people and steal iPads from luggages, while gawking at scanner pictures. A travesty that this exists in the USA.

I'm sure terrorists have an easier time getting on planes than Kim and Kanye. NOT IMPRESSED.

584 days ago
34.

Cooley    

I hope Kanye is agree and makes a spazzed out anti-TSA song.

584 days ago
35.

Saby    

Do you think KK needs to purchase 2 seats to fit her big booty?

584 days ago
36.

Simone    


but seemed incredibly calm considering all they had been through.
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WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU TMZ WRITERS ?

All they've been thru??? What about the 100-200 passengers who had to wait for these two dumbazzes?
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Haven't we had enough of theses two? Why can't KARMA come in and kick them both silly?

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584 days ago
37.

Cooley    

OOps. I meant I hope Kanye is ANGRY and makes a spazzed out anti-TSA song.

584 days ago
38.

idiots_abound    

"After all they had been through"? You mean having to go through the screening process that every other Americans have to go through? "WE DIDN'T GET PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT. WE HAVE SUFFERED SO MUCH!" Are you ****ing kidding me?

584 days ago
39.

Joey    

"...all they had been through"?!? wtf? Pampered spoiled freak show celebs having to go thru a regular line like everyone else is "all they had been through"? Jesus, tmz, you are really losing your grasp on reality.

584 days ago
40.

rex    

anyone can have an airport greeter by request... don't blame it on rich people

584 days ago
41.

static    

Should have tasered them.

584 days ago
42.

Rob    

Not the least bit concerned about this trash but I am sympathetic to all the others that were inconvenienced because of them.

584 days ago
43.

Obamais still aracist    

hope he get fired,as any one should who treat celebs like they are special

584 days ago
44.

trose44    

LOL seriously TMZ this is ****ing news, I have said this before and I will say it again, the more you post about this woman, the more people HATE her. We all know you have your head up the Kardashians asses and are on their payroll and you think by posting this ****, you are making them revelvant, but all you are doing is pissing people off and making them love KRIS H, you go TMZ, destroy the Kardashians for us PLEASE

584 days ago
45.

Caleigh    

I'm glad to see that rules or protocol are being followed, I mean rules are rules,. Seriously, we have to protect us, So anyways, its funny, but to hold the plane for them!!! I would be mad!!!
Why aren't they flying private anyways?

584 days ago
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