Port Authority to Investigate JFK Nightmare as Passengers Scramble to Get Luggage

Port Authority to Investigate JFK Nightmare as Passengers Scramble to Get Luggage

As of Monday afternoon, the majority of flights were operating on or close to schedule, said Huntley Lawrence, the Port Authority's aviation director. "They took us out once to eat, and then we went back on the plane". My husband and I flew out after a delay of six hours on a Virgin flight to Heathrow.

In spite of the nearly 6-hour delay, hopefully, the handsome performance helped shortened the wait.

The pipe break sent about three inches of water gushing onto the floor of the terminal.

Cotton said Monday, "Gates were not made available to inbound worldwide flights in a timely way, and the question on the table is why".

But on Saturday, "a serious breakdown" occurred because the terminal operators and the airlines didn't coordinate to ensure enough gates were available for incoming and outgoing aircraft. Power was also cut off temporarily as a safety precaution; footage taken in the afternoon shows water cascading from the ceiling and workers wading shin-deep in water. Flights headed to NY were forced to turn back, and connecting flights that were only supposed to bring passengers to NY for a brief stay were grounded indefinitely.

Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton said in a statement Sunday night that the agency had deployed additional staff and buses to assist passengers and would investigate the pipe rupture.

The water main disaster happened Sunday afternoon in Terminal 4 - "the major gateway for worldwide arrivals at JFK airport", the airport's website says.

The airport reopened Friday, and operations went smoothly that day, Cotton said in a Sunday evening press conference. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey oversees transportation services and facilities in the New York City area, including JFK airport.

This has not been a good weekend to travel through JFK Airport.

"It's snowy and I'm in shorts", the theater student said on Twitter.

"This is the third day, starting now", he said. "We then sat through six straight hours of the flight being pushed back: first it was scheduled for 11 a.m., and then 1 p.m., and then 3 p.m., and then 5 p.m.", she says.

The Port Authority will review airport operations from the start of the winter weather, through the "inability" of global flights being able to arrive at gates in a timely manner into Monday.

"And it was by luck - go find them", a passenger said.

On Monday, after returning to the airport and sorting through a maze of luggage Katherine Huntington finally collected her family's eight bags.

The Port Authority said delays could last for days. But this was more than a little slack.

As of Sunday night, more than 500 flights had been cancelled or delayed, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

The Port Authority said late Saturday it "intends to aggressively review with its partners, the terminal operators and airlines, the process to assure that planes and passengers get to their gates during the surge of rescheduled flights that follow a severe weather event". He said domestic carriers plan to return baggage by the end of the day, while global carriers plan to have baggage back to passengers by Tuesday morning.

The weather forecast predicts evening snow showers, with a possibility of sleet and freezing rain, for NY on Monday.

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