Passengers delayed for hours at New York’s JFK airport

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NEW YORK — Travelers at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport are experiencing lengthy delays after this week’s winter storm. Some say they’ve been waiting to travel for more than 20 hours, CBS New York reports.

JFK Airport is a bit of a tale of two airports. If you are flying a domestic U.S. carrier, you are not encountering major issues. However, international terminals 1, 4 and 7 are a different story. There are more aircraft than gates and support staff, CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports.

International carriers did not thin their schedules like U.S. carriers did, and now in many cases have their flights on Saturday coming in, in addition to the arrivals of delayed flights from the storm. Complicating the situation: international flights can’t deplane at any gate. The Port Authority, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the international carriers likely share the blame for this issue, Van Cleave reports.

Saturday is the lightest flying day of the week.

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