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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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121.

letsbreal    

What an idiot...Now he's going to lose his minimum wage job for these rich ass holes

533 days ago
122.

J.E.B.    

Being rich and spoiled means never having to say you're sorry.

533 days ago
123.

stephanie    

yea, I'm surprised they don't travel in their own private jet. They have enough money for one. I figured them out to be too good for us normal people.

533 days ago
124.

jensen    

How is American going to "make it up" to the 250 passengers they inconvenienced because they decided not to ruffle the feathers of two spoiled celebs.
BAD PR for American too...knowing they kiss celeb butt, I will never fly them again. It would have been far better PR for American if they honored their bread and butter clientele..the average joe and jane!

533 days ago
125.

ju    

who cares stupid sensless **** nobody cares about these stupid ass nobodies

533 days ago
126.

Harley Nut    

Did they do a Cavity search?

533 days ago
127.

MrsTimberlake    

I'm just shocked that, with all the supposed money between these two, that they didn't charter their own private jet. Getting down with the little people!

533 days ago
128.

chris    

nothing is ever their fault. can mike please stop writing these articles. I swear he's on their payroll instead of Harvey's.

533 days ago
129.

Alia    

well the bitch did mock Jesus the other day now she knows what's its like to be nailed to TSA's cross BITCH... and if she actually cared about her child she wouldn't be flying around non stop....

533 days ago
130.

Natalie    

more... Kanyashidont's ....

533 days ago
131.

me    

The porn star called up the paparazzi (or maybe her pimp mom did), cuz how is it that they were all right there, right on time... She's walkin with her head down lookin sour while lovin every minute of it! That's why I don't like her, she's fake fake FAKE ATTN LOVIN SLORE! I thought the Beyonce fake pregnancy rumors were crazy, but I wouldn't put it past this slore, since everything about her is fake, fake wedding for publicity, possibly even a fake pregnancy.

533 days ago
132.

NYCBlackMan    

WHY DO SOMEE BLACK MEN FEEL COMFORTABLE CLAIMING WOMAN THAT ANY REAL MAN WOULD THROWBACK??? Lets go watch her spread her legs on line for free! lol. EXACTLY what you want for your babys mother...smh!

533 days ago
133.

Ih8Taxes    

Right, because security checks are just for us little people. Mere words cannot describe how I loathe them.

533 days ago
134.

TJ    

Maybe Kanye is a big tight wad! What happened to all their private jets?

533 days ago
135.

TJ    

E announced that the major hold up in the divorce proceedings,is Kim's production company's refusal to release the raw reality show footage to Kris Humphrie's camp,for examination & evaluation .WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE??? Kris Jenner is one of the producers. I'm surprised that this"footage", has not mysteriously disappeared!!

532 days ago
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