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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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76.

whateveryou    

I don't know why the press finds these two so interesting. I mean really, name one thing of interest involving either of them. Waiting...

616 days ago
77.

Parker    

What the phk? TSA Agent needs to be fired...Everyone goes thru security, why not this piss whore and her lil black bastard idiot boyfriend........im hoping this piss drinking fat azz yeast infection bitch just gets mauled by a pitt bull!

616 days ago
78.

Rocko    

Sorry Harvey, but what have they done to be able to question whether or not they should bypass security? You ask the dumbest questions on twitter.

616 days ago
79.

amyy555    

After ALL THEYD BEEN THRU?????!!!!! Omg I'm gonna puke! !!!!!!! What about the passengers that had to wait for queen tubbo?!?!

616 days ago
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Norma Desomd    

"All they had been through?" are you kidding me? What about the passengers on the plane being inconvenienced for almost an hour? Who wrote this... Mike Walters?

616 days ago
81.

Itoldu    

Wait a minute! When you come from an international destination you have to go through US Customs.
Did these douchebags get away with by-passing that too?????????
Time for an investigation.

616 days ago
82.

Bitchplease    

**** that. If my plane waited on that bitch I'd sue!

616 days ago
83.

TJ    

Kim's fake baby fell out on the tarmac, and bounced away!

616 days ago
84.

Bitchplease    

Harvey can u set me up in a ring with her? I seriously wanna beat her ass

616 days ago
85.

GonzoBigD    

All that they went through?!? What, you mean the same security procedures the rest of us have to endure? Poor babies. Vomitous!

616 days ago
86.

DaDa    

Don't forget none of this is stress on a fetus!!!

616 days ago
87.

swack    

Question because I have not flown internationally, only domestically, but when I do a plane change I do not have to go through security a second time, do you have to go through security again if it's an international flight (and I know about having to go through customs- that's not security)?

616 days ago
88.

DaDa    

If they didn't want the publicly they would have flown private. Many private jets can do easily do that trip.

616 days ago
89.

laffnbear    

So happy to hear they weren't inconvenienced.
What about the rest of the plane load of people?

616 days ago
90.

Cecilia     

So some idiot airline employee gave them special celebrity status and will probably (hopefully) be fired.

616 days ago
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