Water Main Break At JFK Airport Causes Flood, Soaks Baggage Claim Area

Passengers rest at a service desk in the departures area of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport following a series of flight delays and cancellations in New York City

Worldwide flights are coming into JFK Airport's Terminal 4 after they were shut down earlier Sunday due to a water pipe break that has delayed flights all day.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says worldwide arrivals to Terminal 4 have been suspended, with passengers who have already arrived being taken to other terminals for processing.

For worldwide travelers, the chaos at JFK was intense: long-haul flights arrived in the airport only to sit on taxiways for hours due to a lack of available gates. "Please check with your airline prior to coming to the airport". Now the Port Authority is launching an investigation into how a water pipe that feeds the sprinkler system could burst and cause such huge problems.

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

The incident shut down arrivals and Customs and Border Patrols for more than four hours; electricity to the entire terminal was switched off to prevent short circuiting the building. Weather permitting, Aeroflot flights scheduled to depart New York Saturday should leave on time, the company said, advising passengers, though, to check possible changes in the departure times.

The afternoon's slate of flights were cancelled or delayed - more than five hours in some cases. The storm struck as many travelers were making their way home from end-of-year holidays and 2018 business travel was getting going. SU100/SU101 and SU102/SU103 (Moscow - New York - Moscow) flights are now canceled, in addition to a SU123 flight that was due to depart New York for Moscow. "But it seems that they're not very well organized", he said. More than 230 flights were diverted since Thursday because of the storm, 124 of them worldwide flights to JFK, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

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"I'm trying to go back to Sao Paulo since yesterday, and I'm still in the airport, sitting on the ground", she said. A big storm blew in on Thursday and our return flights on Friday were affected to various degrees. "Customers may experience residual delays, particularly for global flights". Two of our sons flew out two hours later, also after a delay (and a couple of hours on the tarmac!) on BA.

Independent travel correspondent Simon Calder advised those stuck in NY during the storm: "Airlines have a clear and unlimited obligation to provide a hotel room and all meals, as well as transport to and from the airport, until they can get you home".

Meanwhile 38 of the scheduled departing flight between 6am and 11.59am are now delayed, and a further nine have been cancelled.

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