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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in middle of airport security drama

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A New York City airport employee is under investigation after allegedly giving Kanye West and Kim Kardashian special treatment.

The couple had just landed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight from Brazil on Tuesday when they were whisked away by an airline greeter. The employee reportedly let the couple bypass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint to get to another gate quicker, but the stars were later yanked off their connecting flight due to the safety breach and re-screened.

And now the agent is being investigated by the TSA over the alleged violation.

A TSA representative told TMZ.com, "An airline employee escorted the two travellers 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 travellers 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."

An American Airlines rep says the company is taking responsibility for the incident, according to TMZ. "This was a lapse in judgment by one of our employees," the rep said,

AA adds, "We're working closely with the TSA and speaking to the individuals involved to better understand what happened."