February 14, 2013 02:00 PM by Donna W. Martin
It may have been just another day of perks in the life of a celebrity for Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, Kim Kardashian and boyfriend, Kanye West when they bypassed a JFK Airport security checkpoint, but their shortcut was short-lived when TSA officials learned of the security breach. Keep reading for more details.
According to the Daily News, Kim and Kanye flew into JFK Airport Wednesday on a return flight from Brazil. They were transferring to a flight headed to Los Angeles when things went haywire. The celebrity couple went through customs and was on their way to a TSA checkpoint before boarding their connecting flight when an American Airlines employee offered to escort them past the security checkpoint and onto their connecting flight.
“An airline employee escorted the two travelers through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight,” a TSA representative said.
“In doing so, the airline employee violated security protocols by permitting the travelers to bypass the TSA security checkpoint. [And when] TSA officials learned of the violation, [they made Kim and Kanye disembark from the aircraft] and conducted a private screening of the two passengers in the area of the jetway.”
They were later cleared and allowed to reboard the plane. As a result, the flight to L.A. was delayed for approximately an hour. The TSA representative said Kim and Kanye were not to blame for the incident; the security breach was actually caused by the American Airlines employee.
“This was a lapse in judgment,” American Airlines representative, Matt Miller said. “We’re working closely with the TSA and speaking to the individuals involved to better understand what happened.”
The TSA and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the FBI and the Port Authority PD, have launched an investigation into the incident.
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