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[USA] Chaos at JFK airport for 3rd straight day

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http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1083886.shtml

[USA] Chaos at JFK airport for 3rd straight day
2018/1/8

Chaos reigned at New York's flagship airport for a third consecutive day Sunday with one terminal flooded and irate passengers stranded by chronic delays blamed on brutal cold and a deadly winter storm.

Arrivals were significantly disrupted into Terminal Four at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where a water pipe broke, compounding chaos blamed on a "cascading series of issues."

Water poured from the ceiling and the arrivals area was submerged by around three inches (eight centimeters) of water, through which a few intrepid passengers picked their way gingerly, CNN footage showed.

"What happened at JFK Airport is unacceptable," admitted Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is responsible for area airports. "We will hold those responsible accountable for any shortcomings we find," he added.

The incident highlighted complaints about poor infrastructure serving the US financial capital, home to 8.5 million people, with a crisis in the subway and derailments in recent years on commuter trains.

The cause of the break appeared to be "weather-related" but would be investigated, as would why the pipe had not been weather protected and whether other failures contributed to the disruption, officials said.

After the pipe broke and water began flooding the terminal, power to the affected areas was shut off for safety reasons, officials said.

Domestic arrivals and departures, and international departures operated with delays. A string of international flights were diverted to other airports or terminals.

Terminal 4 is used by more than 30 airlines, including Air India, Delta, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, KLM Royal Dutch, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

Tempers flared for days among exhausted travelers, forced to sleep on the floor of terminals, with others stranded on planes for hours waiting to access a gate and massive delays in baggage claim.

Hugo Zylberberg, a 28-year-old researcher, said while his 11-hour flight from Egypt was on time, it took an hour to find a gate, another hour at customs and then an hour and a half to wait for his luggage.

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Re: [USA] Chaos at JFK airport for 3rd straight day

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Jan 08, 2018

I'm beginning to wonder at the USA's competence to keep their ICAO/IASA Safety Category 1... does anybody else wonder what the heck is going on in "Merka"?

Maybe Zimbabwe should perform a complete Safety evaluation and see how they measure up... after all, ICAO does not have the facilities or personnel, and the President is now Tweeting down the UN - which is the lead organisation of ICAO. To have the USA evaluate itself would be a conundrum inside a controversy inside a hypocrisy (not that there is anything wrong with that in the USA - with it's current state of national affairs and Professional Liars everywhere).

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