Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Chaos at JFK airport with flood, storm backlog

Chaos at JFK airport with flood, storm backlog

After three days of delays and cancellations, stranded passengers at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City faced more misery on Sunday afternoon when a water main break disrupted flight schedules and closed bathrooms.

Because of a snowstorm that slammed the NY metropolitan area Thursday, many passengers at JFK and LaGuardia airports remain stranded from canceled or delayed flights.

The Port Authority told the Daily News that much of the chaos is affecting the worldwide terminal and Terminal 4.

On Saturday the airport was forced to close Terminal 1, which serves the likes of Air France, Japan Airlines and Lufthansa, to global arrivals in an attempt to get on top of the backlog.

Abrams video showed water on the ground in the arrivals area of the terminal and the chaos as travelers attempted a mass exodus from the airport.

Following the storm, which blasted NY on Thursday, passengers were kept on planes and waited hours to retrieve luggage as flights were delayed and canceled, and a backup to get to terminal gates built up.

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"It's getting like a madhouse", traveler Steven Litvin told NBC, leaving with his wife eight hours after their plane landed - with only half their luggage.

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.

"We're exhausted", he said.

Among the 1,008 arrivals and departures on Saturday, there were 94 canceled flights, the agency said on Sunday. It's now 11pm and we've just been told we won't get our baggage tonight.

"Frigid temperatures continue to cause equipment failures and slower than normal operations". It also caused several flight delays.

"We love NY, but now we are stuck here".

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