Water Main Break at JFK Airport Causes More Flight Delays

Both planes sustained damage but no passengers on the Kuwait-bound flight were injured

Both planes sustained damage but no passengers on the Kuwait-bound flight were injured

Around 3:30 p.m., the airport announced via Twitter that worldwide flights into Terminal 4 had been shut down. It also spilled onto the road outside and froze over. The airport's runways could handle the traffic, but some of its terminals were quickly overwhelmed with planes arriving faster than gates could be cleared for them.

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.

NPR's Amy Held reports that the water main broke at about 2 p.m. ET, halting global flights at Terminal 4.

The problem has been now been fixed. Residual delays were expected. "Please check with your airline prior to coming to the airport".

First a "bomb cyclone" stranded some travelers for days.

According to a witness who spoke with the Daily News, one flight cancellation led to a "near riot" among angry passengers in Terminal 4 on Saturday night - to the point that police had to be called in.

Many UK travellers due to fly home with Norwegian were affected by the storms.

Dawn Elizabeth Stephenson, CEO and chief adventurer at Platinum Travel Insiders, Montclair, New Jersey, spent a good part of her weekend trying to help a client departing JFK on January 4.

The passengers on the Kuwait-bound flight were booked into hotels and will be rescheduled on different flights
The passengers on the Kuwait-bound flight were booked into hotels and will be rescheduled on different flights

In other odd John F. Kennedy Airport news, an American Airlines flight that departed on Friday afternoon was forced to return immediately after takeoff.

"My son and others had to pay for a taxi back to the hotel where they were told that if they wished, they could have a refund for their flight and could try to get on another flight". Though the Kuwait Airlines flight was full of passengers, no one was injured.

She described the experience as "a nightmare".

"I'm so angry words can't even express how I feel right now", Bill Carver, a traveler from Austin, Texas, told CBS New York.

The Port Authority said delays could last for days.

Passengers complained of being stranded on the tarmac for hours and then facing lengthy delays in baggage claim that made traveling, particularly with babies or the elderly, a misery.

A little girl crying to go home echoes the feelings of thousands of tired travelers who just want to be reunited with their waiting luggage.

Christine Amorose Merrill, a travel and lifestyle blogger, was scheduled to fly home from NY to San Diego on Thursday morning on a JetBlue flight. As if the chaos from delayed and canceled flights weren't enough to set workers on edge, they have had rare and unusual events to deal with as well.

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