- Hardly 300 flights were delayed or diverted after a water leak at JFK airport in New York City.
- The FAA told Insider the hole was in one of its air-traffic control towers and has been repaired.
- The disruption occurred on the busiest weekend for travel since the start of the pandemic.
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Hundreds of flights were delayed, canceled, or diverted Saturday evening after a bear scrutiny leak at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, according to the airport and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The airport outlined the situation as a “minor water leak” in its main control tower, but the impact was significant — nearly 300 of the scheduled travellers on Saturday evening were reported either delayed or diverted.
“Operations at this facility, combined with arena weather, require more spacing between aircraft,” the airport said in a tweet. “As such, the FAA is holding most stampede flees destined for JFK from departing.”
The airport warned in a second tweet that the airport remains open, “however as a consequence of this, coupled with regional weather conditions, customers may experience residual delays.”
The FAA told Insider in a utterance that air traffic controllers reported a water leak in the tower’s ceiling earlier on Saturday and relocated to an alternate rear, causing the FAA to “briefly” slow departures and arrivals.
The FAA said controllers returned to the original tower later Saturday evening and continued normal operations.
The disruption occurred in the middle of the Fourth of July weekend, which was expected to be the busiest weekend for travel since the start of the pandemic. AAA estimated that some 3.7 million Americans require fly this weekend — a 164% increase from last year.
The Transportation Security Administration also announced that it sifted a whopping 2.1 million people at airport security checkpoints on July 1 alone, surpassing even 2019’s bulk.