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. The Port Authority said it was deploying additional staff and providing buses to assist travelers.
Its executive director, Rick Cotton, says investigators want to know why an internal pipe was not weather protected and whether any other failures contributed to the break on Sunday afternoon.
The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which oversees New York's airports, said airlines were rescheduling passengers but that near-record cold temperatures were adversely affecting equipment, further slowing the airport's recovery.
Power in the affected area of the terminal was temporarily shut off for safety reasons.
Many inbound travellers sat for hours on parked planes last Saturday as the airport and operators struggled to get aircraft to and from gates.
While worldwide and domestic flights resumed at Terminal 4, the wait continues at baggage claim.
The water main was the latest bad news for the airport, which has scrambled to fully function since the "bomb cyclone" storm blasted much of the East Coast on Thursday.
Worldwide arrivals to Terminal 4 were suspended earlier, with passengers who were already arrived being taken to other terminals for processing. Departures were not impacted. That sent approximately three inches of water into the terminal's west end.
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.
Passengers at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport Terminal 4 wait for flights, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Hundreds of flights were canceled, and hundreds more were delayed or rerouted as authorities sought safe refuge for planes before, during and after the storm.