Reality star Kim Kardashian and boyfriend and hip hop star Kanye West were recently involved in a TSA security breach at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, which helped delay their American Airlines flight.
On Tuesday, the celebrity couple and expecting parents flew in from Brazil, where they attended Carnival. They cleared customs and baggage and an AA employee then escorted them "through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight" to Los Angeles, bypassing a security checkpoint, a Transportation Security Administration rep told the Associated Press.
"This was a lapse in judgment by one of our employees," American Airlines said in a statement to OTRC.com. "We're working closely with the TSA and speaking to the individuals involved to better understand what happened."
Kardashian, 32, and West, 35, managed to board the plane but were ordered to leave temporarily to undergo a private screening.
"The flight in question departed JFK an hour late," American Airlines statement said. "It was delayed in part because of this issue and in part because a number of connecting bags were late arriving to the aircraft."
John F. Kennedy International airport is one of the busiest in the world and is located in an area of the United States that often experiences harsh weather conditions in the winter. On Thursday, at least 27 departing domestic flights were delayed.
Kardashian and West, who travel often, have not commented about the security breach and delay. Kardashian has, however, posted a slew of photos from their trip to Brazil on her Celebuzz blog, which show her wearing a hot pink Juan Carlos Obando asymmetrical dress and neon yellow Louboutins and posing with her arms out, like Cristo Redentor ("Christ The Redeemer"), the famous statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro.
"We visited The Cristo Redentor, which is a statue of Jesus and is the largest Art Deco statue in the world!" Kardashian said. "We had the best time sight-seeing, eating amazing food and taking in everything Rio has to offer. An unforgettable trip!"
Kardashian and West are expecting their first child together. In late January she posted a picture of her growing belly.
(Pictured above: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend Denise Rich's annual Angel Ball, which raised $3.7 million for cancer research, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Oct. 22, 2012. / Credit: Theo Wargo / WireImage)