Yesterday morning, a two plane collision sent an already backlogged John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport into further delays.
The accident caused more chaos as thousands of disgruntled passengers tried to travel after the New Year’s holiday winter storm. A multi-day madness for airport workers and passengers showed growing weaknesses in the bustling departure point.
On Saturday, a commercial plane from Kuwait Airways aircraft clipped wings with a China Southern 777.
Onboard passengers of Kuwait Airways were immediately deplaned, while no reported passengers were on China Southern’s; however, other airplanes holding passengers were left on the tarmac for hours without much explanation.
The #PAPD Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Unit (ARFF) responded to Terminal 4, JFK, last night; a China Southern 777’s wing tip struck the tail end of a Kuwait Airways 777 causing damage to both aircraft. #PAPDPROTECTSNYNJ pic.twitter.com/1g2isyyHD4
— Port Authority PBA (@PAPD911) January 6, 2018
Long waits and shoddy communication by commercial airlines plagued the fifth busiest airport in the country following a massive winter blast that left massive amounts of snow.
The storm, called a bomb cyclone, hit regions of the United States in rapid time. The blizzard dumped inches in the New York area which resulted in airports like JFK to temporarily shut down.
For days, JFK officials rushed to recalibrate a flight schedule already taxed, but the distressed airport experienced a series of mechanical and computer malfunctions, frozen baggage belts, as well as extensive flight delays.
Passengers stranded at the airport became increasingly unhappy with the host of issues began to have meltdowns. At one point, small melees broke out with passenger throwing punches as they fought to navigate through thousands of stranded travelers.