Water main break shuts down JFK Airport terminal


He said the Port Authority has been in close contact with the private operators of terminals 1 and 4, which handle much of the global airline traffic at JFK.

"There may be delays at #JFK". Travelers planning on flying on Monday may face residual delays and officials warned passengers to allow for extra time and to contact their airline.

"Same tweet for the last 10 hours".

The Port Authority, which runs New York-area airports, announced that flights were being limited into JFK, "including all flights scheduled to arrive into Terminal 1 for the rest of the evening".

The airport was experiencing departure delays averaging about half an hour, according to the website FlightAware.

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"We will thoroughly investigate why this pipe burst and thoroughly investigate why it was not adequately protected and thoroughly investigate the contingency plan for this event", Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey which manages the airport, said at a press conference.

"While the water pipe break that occurred appears to be weather-related, we have launched an investigation into the incident to determine exactly what occurred and why an internal pipe was not weather protected and whether any other failures contributed to this disruption", Cotton said earlier.

"What occurred this weekend is completely and totally unacceptable", Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

A burst water main that flooded a terminal Sunday in New York City's busiest airport was just the latest plague to befall fliers in a three-day reign of chaos filled with delays, cancellations, a collision and a stunning arrest - all during the freezing cold of a monster storm.

Luggage was still sitting unclaimed at Terminal 4 on Monday as travelers aired their grievances to the airport on Twitter. Over the weekend, an Aeroflot flight from Moscow bound for NY turned back about halfway through the trip, while dozens of other inbound flights were diverted to other US airports, due to the storm, stranding travelers.

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The deep freeze follows a storm, dubbed a "bomb cyclone" by forecasters, which has been blamed for at least 19 deaths in the United States, from Texas to Wisconsin, US media reported.

"We got stuck at the runway for like an hour because they couldn't find a gate, and then we waited for three hours to get our luggage", said traveler Ankit Kharod.

"No answers from anyone".

"They're in the airplane, they told them that they have to wait 45 minutes and it's been all this time already", Pena said.

"I have just called baggage and they say they have a backlog of at least 1000 bags".

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"We got to this airport at four in the morning", said passenger Rachel Greene. "So we won't get it all while we are here". Video shows streams cascading from a ceiling and people slogging through pools of water. "Most importantly to also review and decide where the Port Authority needs to step in if there are failures or issues", he said.