Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM ET
An airline employee might have thought he or she was helping out a celebrity couple on Tuesday, but the worker's actions put Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the center of a major security misunderstanding.
The couple had just flown from Brazil to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and were trying to make a connecting flight to Los Angeles.
According to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration, "an airline employee escorted the two travelers through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access." In doing so, Kardashian and West ended up bypassing a TSA security checkpoint.
The TSA discovered the situation before the plane took off and Kardashian and West were given a private security screening at the jetway, the statement said. But the actions delayed the flight -- and the other passengers onboard -- for nearly an hour.
The TSA statement puts blame not on the couple, but on the over-helpful employee, and is actively investigating the incident.