Monday, 22 October, 2018

NY airport terminal flooded as brutal cold grips US East Coast

Mobile lounges work to get passengers off of an Aeroflot flight Mobile lounges work to get passengers off of an Aeroflot flight
Orlando Vargas | 08 January, 2018, 06:36

No global arrival flights were allowed into the terminal Sunday afternoon, but worldwide departures were not affected, the airport tweeted.

Worldwide flights flying into Terminal 4 were halted after a water main broke and soaked a baggage claim area, CNN reported.

Extreme cold and ongoing recovery from Thursday's brutal winter storm that snarled air traffic to the airport "created a cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators over the weekend", the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which manages the airport, said in a statement earlier Sunday.

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.

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

Customers complained both Friday and Saturday that they waited as many as six hours on the tarmac before their planes docked at a gate and as many as eight hours to collect their baggage from carousels.

On Saturday alone, 94 flights were canceled at JFK, the New York Port Authority said.

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JFK was one the parts of NY that saw record lows for January 7, including four degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15.5 degrees Celsius). People are getting angry.

"We're exhausted", he said. Flights later resumed but with delays, it said.

Also on Friday, an American Airlines flight bound for Cancun from JFK turned around for an emergency landing after someone on board said they saw a wing was on fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration added that the planes touched while the China Southern plane was being towed to a taxiway and the Kuwait Airways plane was at the gate awaiting departure.

The extreme cold and recovery from Thursday's snow storm created a "cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators", the Port Authority said.

"Frigid temperatures continue to cause equipment failures and slower than normal operations", the statement said.

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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