Flooding at JFK airport adds to misery after flight delays

08 January, 2018, 07:27 | Author: Kathy Ellis
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Terminal 4 arrivals at JFK Airport are now reopened after a water main break caused chaos and suspended global arrivals. Maintenance crews were deployed to mop up the west end of the terminal, which saw about three inches of flooding, according to a Port Authority spokesman.

The official Twitter account for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey tweeted news of the break, which also led to a shutdown of global arrivals into Terminal 4. "These included frozen equipment breakdown, difficulties in baggage handling, staff shortages, and heavier than typical passenger loads".

Workers sweep water from the floor of the arrivals area at John F. Kennedy International airport's Terminal 4.

In the aftermath of the storm, passengers were kept on planes and waited hours to retrieve luggage as flights were delayed and cancelled, and a backup to get to terminal gates built up.

The airport on Twitter advised travelers to check with their airlines before arriving.

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Ninety-four flights were cancelled at JFK on Saturday and 17 diverted, as the extreme cold and storm recovery "created a cascading series of issues", said the Port Authority.

Tired travelers faced hours-long waits on the tarmac and additional hours-long waits to retrieve their baggage once they were in the terminal, NBC New York reported.

"We're exhausted", he said.

And earlier Saturday at JFK, the right wing of a China Southern plane hit the tail of a Kuwait Airways plane, the Port Authority said in a statement.

The FAA is limiting some flights to the airport. 12 worldwide flights arrived during the time of the break - all have now been de-planed and processed through customs.

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