Water Main Break At JFK Airport Causes Flood, Soaks Baggage Claim Area

Water Main Break At JFK Airport Causes Flood, Soaks Baggage Claim Area

The aircraft made a u-turn mid-flight over Iceland, according to live Flightradar24 data.More than 6,000 flights were canceled or delayed at JFK due to the "bomb cyclone" winter storm that hit the Big Apple Thursday. "Please check with your airline prior to coming to the airport". The Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday suspended arrivals of some flights.

It was a flood of water and a flood of misfortune for thousands and thousands of passengers trying to retrieve their luggage and get home.

So what complicated the cleanup from a one-day storm?

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said the agency, which oversees airport operations, would conduct a thorough investigation. One plane even clipped another outside a terminal amid the hard conditions early Saturday.

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It was just one of a series of issues facing New York's principal global airport over the weekend as bitter cold gripped the North East of the United States.

Frazzled travelers snoozed on floors and dozens of suitcases sat unclaimed as a welter of wintry problems - from a snowstorm to a burst water pipe - extended flight delays at Kennedy Airport into a fourth day Monday.

"The Port Authority intends to aggressively review with its partners, the terminal operators and airlines, the process to assure that planes and passengers get to their gates during the surge of rescheduled flights that follow a severe weather event", it said. Many complained about a lack of communication from airlines about whether flights would take off as the storm left some flights without crews, which have strict limits to their working hours to ensure adequate rest.

"However, they were informed that this flight had been cancelled too and, furthermore, the airline was not prepared to cover further nights in the hotel, and was not going to send the coach to get them back to the airport, where they had been advised to leave their bags for the flight".

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There was more misery for those trying to get through JFK Airport in New York Sunday as a water main break forced the closure of Terminal 4 and took with it 38 gates, a lot of them used for global flights.

The terminal was completely up and running again four hours later, and flights resumed normal operations by 9:45 p.m., according to JFK International Air Terminal LLC, the company that runs the terminal.

"There are 300 passengers there and I should say they're becoming restless", he said.

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