Water main break delays flights at New York's beleaguered JFK airport

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

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said in a statement that it will be launching an investigation to determine why a water pipe, which feeds a sprinkler system, broke at around 2 p.m. on Sunday in the privately-owned Terminal 4.

It was unclear what caused the water problem, which sent about 3 inches of water into the terminal's west end.

In eastern Canada, which has suffered through extreme cold for two weeks, there were further flight delays and cancellations at Toronto airport, and some communities along the Quebec coast faced flooding.

The burst pipe flooded the arrivals area of Terminal 4, which serves 30 global airlines, with three inches of water.

New York's other airports, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty, didn't seem to encounter anywhere near the same scale of problems over the weekend, and Senator Chuck Schumer is now calling for a "thorough review" of what went wrong at JFK.

And earlier Saturday at JFK, the right wing of a China Southern plane hit the tail of a Kuwait Airways plane, the Port Authority said in a statement.

Port Authority police and the fire department of NY were on the scene and assisting Port Authority operations managers and maintenance personnel, and the cause of the rupture was still being investigated, Ladd said.

As of 4 p.m. local time, the JFK Airport wrote on Twitter that there are "no global arrivals at this time", but that "international departures are not affected".

The airport reopened Friday, and operations went smoothly that day, Cotton said in a Sunday evening press conference. It was not immediately clear how many flights were cancelled.


A service meltdown at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday continued to have ripple effects on airline passengers Sunday.

Cotton - who became executive director of the Port Authority in August - said the Port Authority is investigating what went wrong over the weekend. As if the chaos from delayed and canceled flights weren't enough to set workers on edge, they have had rare and unusual events to deal with as well.

The arrival of a severe winter storm on Thursday was not a surprise. "Please check with your airline prior to coming to the airport".

Bitter cold is also disabling equipment on the tarmac. "It serves as a major worldwide hub for Delta Airlines", the airport website says.

During Monday's press conference, Cotton focused on the lack of coordination between worldwide airlines and the private terminal operators.

Elsewhere, Salt Lake City's airport said late Sunday afternoon that about 20 incoming flights had been diverted due to low visibility caused by fog. The airline initially were very good, in that they transported a coach containing my son to a hotel for the night, telling him and others that they would fly on 5 January.

Travelers had complained about delays and baggage problems even before the water leak occurred Sunday.

Holly Mazzarelli posted this image to Instagram, Jan. 7, 2018 with the caption, "Check in after the storm in JFK".

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