Kanye West, Kim Kardashian breach security at JFK Airport [JFK]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    So:
    • Who ratted them out?
    • Why wasn't the councourse dumped? What if they had handed off a bottle of water or jar of peanut butter to someone? Children might have died.
    • Who's the airline employee/jerk doling out perks for the annointed?
    • What airline was this?
    • What did the 50-minute delay cost the other passengers in terms of missed connections and lost business opportunities?
    KENS 5: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian breach security at JFK Airport

    Authorities say Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had to be privately screened after an airline employee allowed them to bypass a security checkpoint at New York's Kennedy International Airport. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says the celebrity couple had arrived at the airport on an international flight on Tuesday. She says after clearing customs and baggage, they were escorted by an airline employee "through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight."
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    American Airlines is the culprit ...

    KBMZ: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West at Center of NY Airport Confusion

    West and Kardashian made it to Los Angeles without incident, but the airline staffer who let the couple bypass part of the security process may be in some hot water. An American Airline rep calls the incident a "lapse in judgement by one of our employees."
     
  3. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    The two recent times a passenger was "improperly" screened or "bypassed" screening at Newark, the terminal was dumped.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/newark_airport_terminal_locked.html
    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/terminal_at_newark_airport_eva.html

    And was there a WTMD or AIT machine at the jetway where the celebrities were "privately" screened?

    And why are there no checks so ensure that an airport or airline employee -- you know, the ones who are more trusted so that they need not go through the same checkpoints as passengers -- cannot let a passenger bypass the checkpoints? TSOs have been arrested for taking bribes to smuggle contraband through the checkpoint. I imagine an airport concession employee could be just as easily bribed.

    What a freakin' circus, our airport "security".
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Ask yourself how often airport employees (esp. airline employees) have been caught smuggling drugs. If they smuggle drugs through/past security, they can smuggle anything.

    In smaller airports most concessionaires don't have any special access -- they push their goods through same checkpoints & hallways that the rest of us use. In some larger airports that doesn't always seem to be the case, they have to have another way in, at least for supplies. Then there are caterers, plane cleaners, people that service lavs, fuel truck drivers, all often outsourced.
     
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    So they came off one plane and were escorted to another. Was it right? No, but many of us here call for less screening, keeping shoes own, and lambast TSA for dumping terminals. Given the situation I think this was handled correctly.
     
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It was a flight from Brazil, so I would imagine the "greeter" snared them after customs before they re-cleared TSA for their domestic flight.
     
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Yeah I understand that. They were contaminated and needed to be screened again. The airline worker screwed up but I see no reason to fault TSA in this case.
     
  8. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    If this alleged screening was done at the gate or on the jetway, then it was done without bag x-ray, WTMD or AIT. So unless their bags were thoroughly emptied, and they were each given a thorough pat-down -- perhaps they were -- then they were treated differently because of who they were. The question is, if this had been an "ordinary" couple, would they have been treated the same? Based on past breaches at Newark, I'd have to conclude, "No".
     
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I suspect they did get better treatment than I would have. Still, what real security risk did they present? They had little opportunity to obtain a weapon, they are well known, not suspected terrorists, and they were screened to some degree.

    I see no reason to dump the terminal and screw up every ones elses day too. Hang out the employee who created the problem and move on.
     
  10. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    If the airline worker had carried a bomb into the airport past TSA security, yes, I believe it'd be their fault.

    The simple fact is that while the TSA and all of their jackwagon employees tout themselves as "the gold standard" of airport security, they are the laughingstock of the world. Not just because they're idiots, but because for so long most Americans have been stupid enough to believe the crap the TSA spews.
     
  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    We all know that TSA's baseline security plan is worthless since it skips over airport workers. But in this particularlar case I feel the actions taken were appropriate.
     
  12. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    I fully agree that this is what should have happened too.

    But it's not what happened at Newark last summer when a passenger did not "complete" screening at the checkpoint. And if these passengers at JFK were not celebrities and an airline employee had ushered two passengers past the checkpoint, we can be reasonably certain that the JFK terminal would have been dumped too.

    An airline employee ushering a passenger around the checkpoint is either a security risk or it is not. Are you searching the celebrities at the gate because you genuinely believe they might be a threat? Well, then shouldn't every passenger in the terminal be rescreened in case contraband was handed off? Or are you searching the celebrities to just go through the motions to show that you're doing something, but you really know it's all for show, even if it still delays the flight by almost an hour?
     
  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Poor Kim Kardashian just isn't used to traveling with us riffraff ...

    NY Post: Kim Kardashian didn’t know she was breaking airline rules because she always flies private: friends

    Airheads Kim and Kanye had no clue they were breaking the rules when they sparked a major security breach at JFK — because they simply aren’t used to traveling with peons. Kim Kardashian’s preference for private planes — and her ignorance about the rules of flying with the masses — likely caused the security snafu that delayed takeoff by an hour, Kardashian’s friends told The Post. That’s because the big-bootied socialite is unfamiliar with pesky public-security checkpoints, a pal said. “Kim normally flies private, so she’s not used to going through security,” said a source, adding a private jet is usually written into her contracts if she travels for business.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Kim’s security team arranged it privately to avoid all of the chaos” — and two boneheaded VIP service employees at American Airlines complied, the pal added.

    But at least she feels guilty about it ...

    Another source close to the couple added Kardashian and her rap-star beau Kanye West felt guilty for making travelers wait on Tuesday, as they were returning from Carnival in Brazil. “They felt really bad — and they had no idea,” she said.

    And another one of my questions is answered!

    The ordeal prompted an investigation, and the Port Authority later fingered American Airlines workers Rose Nico-Migovers and Sabria Thomas-Valezs. They were cited with a “breach of rules” by the agency, a charge that could result in suspension or loss of SIDA (Secure Identification Display Area) privileges, which are issued to employees allowing them to skip lines and get to their jobs on time.

    And yes, they should have dumped the concourse, or at least the plane ... :D

    And they’re not the only ones who may have broken the rules, officials said. The TSA may have also violated standard protocol by not rescreening all passengers once the celebrity couple were hauled off the Los Angeles-bound plane, a veteran law-enforcement officer said.
     
  14. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You weekend Google challenge is to see what you can find out about AA's bozos Rose Nico-Migovers and Sabria Thomas-Valezs. Please, no home addresses or telephone numbers. :D
     
  15. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    So basically Kanye and Kim are clueless Kettles? :p

    Rose and Sabria better dust off their resumes. Not a whole lot for an airline employee to do at an airport if they don't have a SIDA badge. [​IMG]
     
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I suspect the reporters got Rose's name wrong. The best candidate is "McGovern" rather than "Migovers". There appears to be nobody with the last name of "Migovers" in the U.S.

    Ditto for "Valezs".

    The reporter appears to have filled in blanks in the story, but not with correct info.
     
  17. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Seems that what we call reporters today don't actually go out and do the leg work for their stories. How often is a news piece full of errors?
     

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