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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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91.

Linda Petrou    

I would think part of the problem is that they also bypassed immigration control. Others suffered for them. Both of them should just go away

580 days ago
92.

TJ    

Poor Kanye, had to miss his Grammy's, because of her (Possible fall out with Jay Z.) He'll never be able to recapture those moments.

580 days ago
93.

barnyardhumor    

Just LIke her going to the gym as opposed to her doing her workouts in her home gym, this is all for publicity.Why don't they have their own private plane? So they can be seen and have photographers take their photos - free publicity! And stupid media fall for it.

580 days ago
94.

danny    

It's a good thing that they were not a diabled child in a wheelchair or they would have had to have cavity searches done.

580 days ago
95.

lanie    

First of all, the airline employee needs to be FIRED.. This is against FARs (Federal Aviation Regulations)..

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It is almost guaranteed the airline will get a hefty fine for this caper... and the airline employee will likely have a personal fine leveled against her/him..

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But honestly, Kim and Kanye should be fined as well.. They broke regulations and damn well know it..

580 days ago
96.

tamtam    

Well she is carrying a dirty bomb in between her legs!

580 days ago
97.

Nicole    

"but seemed incredibly calm considering all they had been through"....poor things, jk. This is what the everyday person goes through, welcome to reality. They should not be treated any different. I am glad they had to do it the right way...If it is such a problem why didn't they take a private jet, they are special right?

580 days ago
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Alliehunter    

Why are we still going ape sh_t over these retards? My God, I don't give a crap what they are doing. So, will TMZ be posting the next crap hoe bags takes as well as the consistency and texture? Come on, already, don't buy into this garbage!

580 days ago
99.

Heidi    

Bottom line, AA held the plane until Kim & Kanye were able to board while disregarding the other passengers already on the planefpr 50 minutes UNTIL it was convenient for KK to board.....
TMZ always seems relunctant to say literally anything negative about the Kardashians perhaps due to Harvey's relationship with those connected or???

580 days ago
100.

Babycakes    

They "seemed incredibly calm considering all they had been through" oh good lord cut the crap. They have been through NOTHING. So their return from a vacation in Brazil was delayed less than an hour who F'in cares. Chances are they brough this on themselves by paying the agent to take them a special way and bypass security. Everyone on that plane should sue them for the delay when they simply could have boarded a later flight.

580 days ago
101.

BR3478    

"All they had been through"???? Really TMZ? SMH.... They're not the king and queen, for God's sake, they're reality tv jackasses, stop putting them on such a high pedestal.

580 days ago
102.

Menace to society     

Drop them off the plane next time

580 days ago
103.

Trooper Tom    

Back in the day trollops like her would have been totally ignored in public and seen only as a back room shag

580 days ago
104.

TJ    

Wonder if Kanye is getting a clue yet?? Can you imagine having Kris Jenner for a mother -in-law?

580 days ago
105.

Cecilia     

Please, no one try and tell me Kanye

580 days ago
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