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

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

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

Social media images depicted piles of luggage surrounded by water, as well as passengers walking through the ankle-deep deluge. In terms of worldwide arrivals, there were seven global flights at the gate and those passengers have already been deplaned and are being processed through customs.

"Delta is working diligently to reunite customers with bags that were separated due to a water main break and inclement weather in NY", a Delta spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. The terminal is managed by a private operator that includes Schiphol U.S.A., the American subsidiary of a Dutch company that manages airports in the Netherlands. JFKIAT has operated T4 since 1997. At 4:30 p.m., the Port Authority reported power and heat were out in about 80 percent of the west end of Terminal 4 - the very arrivals section that was affected by the water main break. Baggage claims became backed up, planes were filled to capacity because of earlier delays and employees didn't show up for work because of the weather, he said.

A winter storm which caused a "cascade" of issues at one of America's busiest airports has been followed by a burst water pipe which flooded a terminal and led to significant delays and 55 cancellations.

Cotton said the underlying problem was a lack of communication and coordination between the private terminal operators that provide gates where planes land, and the worldwide airlines.

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On Saturday, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said on its official Twitter account that it was limiting the arrival of flights into JFK Airport "until there are adequate gates available to handle the backlog of flights due to recovery of flight schedules after Thursday's storm".

In addition, those who were able to get off their planes were faced with long waits for baggage, like that faced by Merrill-for some, those bags never came, and they left empty-handed after waiting for hours.

The Port Authority apologized for the incident, which it said was weather-related.

A water main broke in a JFK International Airport terminal on Sunday, flooding a baggage claim area. PATH said it provided buses to bring passengers to the terminal from 25 planes at terminals 1 and 4.

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"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". Cotton said the days of delays, cancellations and stranded travelers add up to a "completely unacceptable performance".

Cotton pledged to bring in outside experts and investigators to dissect the breakdowns and improve communication and contingency plans. The taxiways and runways are operational, but the airlines are still trying to recover. The severe weather conditions continue to affect the airport.

Global flights to Terminal 4 have been suspended, he said. "Changes must be made and we will make them".

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