JFK looks like a complete nightmare right now
If you’ve ever complained about flying, airports, and baggage claim — you ain’t seen nothing yet. Seriously. John F. Kennedy airport is a complete shitshow right now, and the pictures will make all your flying horror stories seem like quaint, harmless little anecdotes.
There’s been some major chaos going on at JFK thanks to the winter storm that recently hit New York City. More than 7,000 flights were canceled according to CNBC, international fliers were stuck on taxiways for hours, and equipment malfunctioned because of the insanely cold temperatures. Oh yeah, and then a frozen water pipe BURST in one of the terminals. Suffice to say, there’s a ridiculously messy luggage fiasco happening at the airport, and people have been stuck waiting hours and hours to collect their belongings.
Many have been reporting live from the scene to confirm that the situation is *indeed* as hellish as you’d expect.
Here’s a look at all the luggage that has not been picked up yet.
The baggage claim area @JFKairport – they're just leaving ppls bags anywhere… You don't know what flight they're from and not one representative from @flysaa in sight. Ppl have been stranded in the airport for days with no vouchers for lodging, etc. pic.twitter.com/95VUy3jIGM
— Akinfe Fatou (@Akinfe) January 6, 2018
— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) January 8, 2018
Are you already feeling intense sympathy pains? It gets worse. So much worse. Fliers have been sharing their horror stories on social media, and everyone’s fed up. Also, according to one Twitter user, there has been a special phone line set up for JFK luggage — and there’s currently a whopping 90-minute wait. Also, many people haven’t been able to sort out any accommodations, so they’re pretty much stuck sleeping at the airport for now.
— Rana Novini (@Rana4NY) January 6, 2018
Crazy here in #JFK I don’t know when we will get home we were told the 9th was the closet to Dub. They could have cancelled flights before we got to airport so we could have sorted accommodation pic.twitter.com/z237QG8wje
— Johnny Casey (@Jayclondra17) January 5, 2018
Chaos at #JFK. Had to wait 6 hours post landing to be able to exit the plane, and now been waiting bagages for 3 hours, and told it might take another 4 to come. Left home in Paris 24 hours ago pic.twitter.com/f4pM4M7OL5
— alban denoyel (@albn) January 6, 2018
— Stuart Higgs (@stuarthiggs) January 5, 2018
@JFKairport. we landed 5 hours ago & are still waiting on luggage at baggage claim! Not a single staff member to be seen, no announcements made about what to expect. All after being stuck on the tarmac for 3+ hours waiting for a place to park. Unacceptable customer service! pic.twitter.com/9qwtHFSoO8
— Victoria Duffin (@victoriaeis) January 6, 2018
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) January 7, 2018
Stranded fliers have even started to bond on Twitter over all the insanity, and compared notes on their current situation.
Still stuck, been on the tarmac almost three hours now. No words from the pilot. The overhead lights have been turned off and people are trying to sleep! This is a nightmare!
— Phoenix Alexander (@happymrphoenix) January 6, 2018
Yes still stuck. What airline are you on? We landed at 1030pm from South Korea and we were just updated that it will be until 3am…. I'm appalled. At least unload us with stairs and a bus!
— meredithcameron yoga (@mcameronyoga) January 6, 2018
Sending so much goodwill over to the people at JFK right now. Also probably, definitely never complaining about any minor airline hiccup again. Perspective, perspective.