Flooding at JFK airport worsens travel delays

US winter storm causes travel headaches at NY airport

US winter storm causes travel headaches at NY airport

The Port Authority said it was deploying additional staff and providing buses to assist travelers.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says it will investigate the water pipe break that added to the weather-related delays at Kennedy Airport and will "hold all responsible parties accountable".

The official Twitter account for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey tweeted news of the break, which also led to a shutdown of global arrivals into Terminal 4.

Its executive director, Rick Cotton, says investigators want to know why an internal pipe was not weather protected and whether any other failures contributed to the break on Sunday afternoon.

Power in the affected area of the terminal was temporarily shut off for safety reasons.

The water main was the latest bad news for the airport, which has scrambled to fully function since the "bomb cyclone" storm blasted much of the East Coast on Thursday.

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The terminal was accepting no global arrivals for much of the afternoon, but around 7:45 p.m. ET, the airport said it was resuming operations.

Worldwide flights flying into Terminal 4 were halted after a water main broke and soaked a baggage claim area, CNN reported.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says passengers who have already arrived are being taken to other terminals for processing. Video shows streams cascading from a ceiling and people slogging through pools of water.

While all runways and taxiways had been ploughed clear of snow and reopened by Sunday, inbound flights faced 21/2-hour delays as the federal and local authorities carefully managed the flow of traffic at New York City's main global travel gateway, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration's website.

The meltdown on Sunday, two days after the year's first major snowstorm, forced passengers to deal with long lines to rebook cancelled flights and to search through mountains of luggage for their bags - if they could get into JFK at all.

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