JFK Terminal Floods, Compounding Days of Choas

A Queens man attempted to bring a loaded gun through a TSA checkpoint at JFK airport

A Queens man attempted to bring a loaded gun through a TSA checkpoint at JFK airport

JFKIAT said January 8 the water main break on the west side of the arrivals hall impacted 10 incoming flights to T4, adding the terminal "was completely operational within four hours after the water main break as a result of JFKIAT working closely with local agencies and authorities as well as on-site emergency maintenance personnel".

The Port Authority said the burst water pipe appeared to be weather related.

Travelers at JFK Airport still faced delays Monday, a day after a water main break wreaked havoc and forced evacuations at the arrival terminals - while officials vowed to "hold all responsible parties accountable".

NPR's Amy Held reports that the water main broke at about 2 p.m. ET, halting global flights at Terminal 4. In total, there were 352 delays and 46 cancellations at the airport, according to CBS New York.

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The terminal was partially evacuated after the leak and was closed to worldwide flights on Sunday. Footage posted online showed water flowing into the arrival terminal, flooding the area. Inbound flight delays at the airport were more than 2 1/2 hours early Sunday evening. 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 USA airports, due to the storm, stranding travelers.

Hugo Zylberberg, a 28-year-old researcher, said while his 11-hour flight from Egypt was on time, it took an hour to find a gate, another hour at customs and then an hour and a half to wait for his luggage.

Domestic arrivals and departures, and global departures operated with delays.

Frozen equipment, luggage-handling problems and staff shortages slowed down operations on the ground.

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A Thursday snowstorm, coupled with weekend temperatures in the single digits, "created a cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators", the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said on Sunday. "Our flight is operating and our teams are now moving our customers through the gate so they can board our aircraft". But hundreds of passengers' suitcases were soaked - including long-delayed luggage from last week's weather calamity.

"We intend to identify what went wrong, why it went wrong, where there were failures of communication and coordination, and we intend to fix it", said Cotton. "She just refused to help us and put up a sign that said she would open up 10 a.m. tomorrow", Harrison claimed.

Also Saturday morning, Port Authority police said they arrested a 61-year-old man with a stolen gun as he went through security.

Port Authority called it a "cascading series of issues".

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The FAA diverted 17 flights Saturday, officials said. The airline said it was working with authorities in NY to investigate.

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