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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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46.

Bean    

They were trying to get the wide load of trash through as soon as possible! So everyone else did not have to suffer they're pathetic presense.

619 days ago
47.

Peter Popoff    

Kanye tried to smuggle some Brazilian Nuts in his Ass.

619 days ago
48.

Mrs DB    

Wait.... unless this was a private plane, there is NO reason it should have been held for an hour. "Excuse me steward why are we delayed?" "Oh Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were led past security so they wouldn't have to deal with paps which was a mistake so now we all have to wait for them"

619 days ago
49.

oleman    

of course they expected special treatment.....and of course, they had to notify the press, anything to stay on TMZ

619 days ago
50.

LMT    

Let's see; you and I do not get our own personal airline greeter helping us board and deboard planes when we fly. Nope. Each of us must wait in line, go through security, and board our flights or wait when there are delays. Yet if you are a "celebrity" of some kind, the rules do not apply to you. How about a class action lawsuit against all airlines that descriminate against the average traveler making us follow rules the "select" few celebrities do not have to follow. Sign me up!

619 days ago
51.

BillyZi    

Ok I would be pissed if I had to wait 50 minutes.. I thought celebrities traveled by jet or something like that.

619 days ago
52.

STFUP    

"An airline employee escorted the two travelers through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight."
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Then that employee should be fired immediately for allowing them to bypass security & for giving them undue special privleges.

619 days ago
53.

BillyZi    

Ok I would be pissed if I had to wait 50 minutes.. I thought celebrities traveled by jet or something like that.

619 days ago
54.

Nobrows    

Great . . . everyone has to wait for these two pieces of trash.

619 days ago
55.

STFUP    

Why the F**K did the hold the plane for them? They wouldn't have held it for any 'regular' person.
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If I were on that flight, I'd be pissed as hell.

619 days ago
56.

LightJ    

I just can't get on the news or actually any media without hearing about their every move. TSA did the right thing, they are not above anyone, if anything they are beneath us.

619 days ago
57.

STFUP    

OK. Who's the one brain-dead Kimye fan who keeps thumbs-downing every post here? Get a life!

619 days ago
58.

Sam Sunshine     

I hope they put on 2 pair of rubber gloves when touching that skank, as she has a plethora of STD's. nasty ball of lard.

619 days ago
59.

It's Dave    

They delayed the plane for 50 minutes while K&K went back through security? Funny, but when I get delayed by the TSA my damn planes flies away on schedule with me left standing in the airport.

619 days ago
60.

Ms.lovely    

i wish they would just go away and STAY there!!! So sick of hearing about these 2.

619 days ago
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