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  • 14 February 2013, 14:27

Kim And Kanye Waved Through Airport Security

Star couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian caused a flap at a New York airport after an overly-eager airline employee waved them through security.

The pair were pulled aside to be privately screened after initially being allowed to bypass the checkpoint altogether at JFK.

They had arrived at the airport on a flight from Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday to pick up a connecting flight to Los Angeles.

After clearing customs and baggage, they were escorted by the employee "through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight".

Transportation Security Administration officials said this broke strict security regulations because it bypassed the TSA checkpoint.

"The airline employee violated security protocols by permitting the travellers to bypass the TSA security checkpoint," a statement said.

"TSA officials learned of the violation and conducted a private screening of the two passengers in the area of the jet-way."

The rapper and reality TV star were eventually cleared to board their flight, which departed after about a 50-minute delay.

Representatives for the couple, who announced in December they are expecting a baby, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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