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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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61.

LISA    

Who was yelling, “Kanye!! We love you guys – you’re the BEST!? What a liar, lol! I still can’t wrap my head around the media attention people like Kim Kardashian get.


That said, IF this report is accurate, it’s clearly not Kimye’s fault. Whoever decided to give them the ‘star treatment’ (the airline greeter) needs some re-training. I do understand their presence was probably causing mayhem, but there has to be a better way than skipping security altogether! I’m glad the TSA corrected the problem, but it’s a shame the other passengers had to suffer because of it.


P.S: Hey Mike! Maybe you should be less concerned about Kim and more concerned about the 50 passengers left waiting and wondering what was going on. I’m sure some of them had anxiety, too.

432 days ago
62.

jadidar    

those passengers are pissed

432 days ago
63.

Sheila    

TMZ- " Nothing is ever Kim's fault ".

432 days ago
64.

Vicky    

You guys should be as shamed as these two knuckleheads! An officer is being laid to rest with his 10 year old son pushing the coffin of a HERO and you have the nerve to post these idiots!!!!! Why don't you honor what's IMPORTANT verses trash!!!!!! Shame on you Harvey...SHAME!!!!!

432 days ago
65.

BIGdick    

I'm so sick of the Kardashians

432 days ago
66.

SoManyIdiots    

I predicted it. KK post every certain number of hours. Never fails.

432 days ago
67.

2idiots    

AHAHAHHAHAHA! Anyone with an ounce of sense in their head KNOWS that airlines are NOT allowed to disclose passenger information (ie WHO is on what flight)....so HOW did the paps manage to be at LAX at the FLAGSHIP DOOR just in time for these 2 dipshyt's arrival?
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My guess is SOMEONE (cough cough Kim cough cough) tipped off the paps.

432 days ago
68.

Miki    

Okay, they got off a plane, to go to another plane, but is expected to go through another security check. What did they pick-up an explosive while ON THE PLANE?

432 days ago
69.

Caddtsrx3    

What airline held up a flight for these two possibly causing grief for other passengers. Hope the airline gets sued. That is BS they dis this fir K and K

432 days ago
70.

JCGTV    

Scared to catch him with something?

432 days ago
71.

tdr9    

Yep it seems everyone has had enough of K

432 days ago
72.

BECKER    

Fire the TSA agent and shoot K&K

432 days ago
73.

Goosemon2013    

"CALM FOR ALL THEY BEEN THROUGH".....MIKE WALTERS IT'S TIME TO FIND A NEW OBSESSION....MAYBE A CHEESEBURGER. THESE TWO *******S DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE ELSE DOESN'T DO IT FOR THEM....SO HOW MUCH DO THEY PAY TMZ TO KEEP THEM ON CONSTANT ROTATION ON THE WEBSITE........YOUR MOTHER MUST BE PROUD MIKE WALTERS, SO PROUD....

432 days ago
74.

Roman Moroni    

typical airline security-much like the old days when a cowboy gave a native a mirror

432 days ago
75.

ashley    

Awwww, poor Kimmie & ****ya, this must of been horrific for them, my heart bleeds :(

432 days ago
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