Water main break snarls JFK airport

Ivan Schwartz
January 8, 2018

The FAA said Sunday afternoon that the average flight delay was more than 81 minutes at JFK Airport.

Around 3:30 p.m., the airport announced via Twitter that global flights into Terminal 4 had been shut down.

Worldwide flights into Terminal 4 were suspended and the water main break occurred just before 2pm (1900 GMT), said a spokesman for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey that runs the airport.

But tempers have flared among furious travellers, forced to sleep on the floor of terminals, with others stranded on planes for hours waiting to access a gate and massive delays in baggage claim.

As of Sunday, a number of flights continued to be delayed or canceled at the airport.

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.

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A China Southern plane clipped the right tail end of a Kuwait Airways plane before the latter was due to takeoff for an overnight flight around 12am Saturday morning, the Port Authority said on Twitter. People are getting angry. "Customers may experience residual delays, particularly for worldwide flights", it said.

"We're exhausted", he said. Nobody knows anything and they all give you a circular answer: "'it's coming soon'". "Our flight is operating and our teams are now moving our customers through the gate so they can board our aircraft".

The Port Authority said the water pipe break appears to be weather related. No injuries were reported.

The Port Authority said in its statement Sunday that airlines "remain in recovery mode, rebooking passengers from canceled flights and reuniting passengers with their luggage".

"Frigid temperatures continue to cause equipment failures and slower than normal operations".

JFK Airport has been plagued with severely delayed flights and baggage claim malfunctions, causing travel horror stories for thousands of customers.

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