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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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still2easy    

Horrible people

587 days ago
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paul a.    

More rich and entitled people.

587 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

Wow the airline greeter doesn't value his/her job if she sacrificed it for these pieces of feces.

587 days ago
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LK    

WHY ARE THE NOT FLYING ON A PRIVATE PLANE ?

587 days ago
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Carl    

Maybe bypassing security isn't there fault, but why the hell did the airplane wait for them? I would have been really pissed off if I had to sit and wait for them. Having flown many times I promise you that they would not delay the flight to wait for a regular person if something like this happened.

587 days ago
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thisisme3    

If I was a passenger on that place being delayed an hour, I would be pissed. KandK should have waited for another flight.

587 days ago
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Swag94    

So they made all these other passengers wait for 50 mins just so that they could go through security? Couldn't they have just taken another flight? Or perhaps called their private jet pilot to pick them up?

587 days ago
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LK    

& WHY ARE THEY SO SPECIAL 2 ZIP THROUGH BACK WAYS OF THE AIR PORT ??

587 days ago
9.

fargone    

Sometimes being Reality King and Queen doesn't work out.

587 days ago
10.

cluesarethere    

Checking to see if that's a real baby bump or just concealing contrabands.

587 days ago
11.

The Man They Call Louis    

WHO CARES TMZ?!?!...

587 days ago
12.

Gretchen    

WHY are they so frickin' special? No one does anything like that for me!!

587 days ago
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Jackie    

More pay checks from these two ****s to TMZ. And omg!!...You're the only gossip site which talks about them daily. If they are that Important, why aren't they big news on CNN, BBC...etc...about them?...oh never mind cause the rest of the World don't give a f!ck about them.

587 days ago
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Ace    

Maybe the employee thought they where trafficking mules from Brazil and where letting them through as he usually does. eeowww

587 days ago
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Kev the Realist    

This is exactly what is wrong with this country. They are no more important than anbyone else. Make then stand in line and go throughs ecurity like everyone else. They are talentless gypsy tramps who arte not heads of state or anything else. If they want special treatment, then let them pay for and take a private plane. If you are going to fly commercial then exp[ect to be treated like everyone else. They are disgusting.

587 days ago
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