Luggage Piles Up at JFK Airport Following Water Leak, Weather Issues

Passengers at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport Terminal 4 wait for flights Monday Jan. 8 2018. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday it will investigate the water pipe break that added to the weather-related delays at Kennedy

The threshold is more than three hours for a domestic flight and four for an worldwide one.

This led to more flights being delayed and increasing numbers of passengers being stuck at the airport. More than 230 flights were diverted since Thursday because of the storm, 124 of them global flights to JFK, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

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.

QUEENS -JFK is nearly back to normal - and that means long lines, delayed flights and thousands of frustrated passengers. Snow and sleet were in the forecast for the NY area during the rush hour period, which could throw things even more off track.

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said the agency, which oversees airport operations, would conduct a thorough investigation.

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However, it is hard for a plane to get a gate at a terminal where they don't normally fly into.

"A surge in flights at JFK Airport, produced by the rescheduling of delayed flights, combined with the effects of the winter storm, which severely disabled equipment, has resulted in terminal operators and airlines experiencing delays in getting planes and their passengers into their gates", the Port Authority said in a statement. "There's a big lack of information". He said the pipe that burst was an internal fixture, but apparently had not been weather-proofed. KSL-TV reported that all flights coming into the airport were being diverted. Hundreds of flights were canceled, and hundreds more were delayed or rerouted as authorities sought safe refuge for planes before, during and after the storm.

A water main break at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Sunday caused major flooding, including in a baggage claim area, adding to the turmoil caused by weather-related flight delays in recent days.

"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".

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. "It's not about how you operate when it's sunny and 72".

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