Flooding at JFK airport adds to misery after flight delays

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The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says it's launching an investigating into a water pipe break inside a terminal at Kennedy Airport that added to the delays at the airport still coping from the aftermath of a snowstorm.

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.

Worldwide arrivals to one terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport have been suspended following a water main break.

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A water main break at JFK Airport in New York City has led to flight delays, the airport said on Twitter.

Equipment froze and baggage handling was delayed, which was compounded by staff shortages and heavier than normal passenger loads, the Port Authority said.

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.

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Maintenance crews were deployed to mop up the west end of the terminal, which saw about three inches of flooding, according to a Port Authority spokesman. Departures were not impacted.

Abrams video showed water on the ground in the arrivals area of the terminal and the chaos as travelers attempted a mass exodus from the airport. A succession of flights had been cancelled and thousands of passengers stranded before the incident, adding to a tense situation in a terminal that had already seen scuffles and hours-long waits at baggage claim to retrieve belongings. On Saturday alone, 94 flights were canceled at JFK, the New York Port Authority said.

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