New York airport terminal flooded as brutal cold grips US east coast

Gushing water compounded meltdown at John F Kennedy International Airport, where furious passengers have camped out for days as a result of equipment damaged by the storm and a backlog of flights. Water poured from the ceiling and the arrivals area was submerged by standing water, through which a few intrepid passengers picked their way gingerly, according to footage broadcast by CNN. International flights into Terminal 4 were suspended and the water main break occurred just before 2.00pm (3.00am Singapore time Monday), said a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that runs the airport. The west end of Terminal four lay under about eight centimetres of water, where maintenance crews were mopping up, with police and fire crews on site, the spokesman told AFP. The cause of the break is being investigated, he added. JFK confirmed the water main break at Terminal 4 and warned passengers via Twitter of flight delays, advising them to check with their airline before travelling to the airport. Terminal 4 is used by more than 30 airlines, including Air India, China Airlines, Delta, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, KLM Royal Dutch, Singapore Airlines, Thomas Cook and Virgin Atlantic. On Saturday the airport was forced to close Terminal 1, which serves the likes of Air France, Japan Airlines and Lufthansa, to international arrivals in an attempt to get on top of the backlog. But tempers have flared among furious travellers, forced to sleep on the floor of terminals, with others stranded on planes… [Read full story]


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