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
It might be your worst nightmare when you've got places to go and things to do but when it comes down to it, flight delays are inevitable. Still, passengers on a recent Kuwait Airlines flight were furious when their aircraft was stuck for hours on the runway.
It all kicked off when a China Southern clipped the wing of the Middle Eastern plane as it was parked on the runway at New York's JFK airport. No crew or passengers were harmed (the Chinese jet had no people on it at the time) but it meant waiting time soared.
"On the tarmac for almost 4 hours on @KuwaitAirways and no food or drinks have been given...isn't this a violation of tarmac delay rules?" Taylor Chan Tweeted.
Others desperately Tweeted to get a response from the airline, leading to passengers and those waiting for loved ones on the flight to band together and share information.
The airport had already been experiencing delays due to extreme winter weather in the area. According to NBC, the chaos resulted in a backlog, ultimately causing fights to break out in the terminal and complaints aplenty via social media.
See what people had to say below.
been stuck in the plane for > 4hrs @JFKairport tarmac. Older people, kids in here, passengers with full capacity. Crew saying possibility of another 3hrs. Horrific! Will someone allow us to get out and move on with our lives? @KuwaitAirways #KU117 @AirTrafficLive @NYCAviation— Manish Madan, Ph.D. (@Prof_Madan) January 6, 2018
Kuwait airways😠😠😠— Jude (@judeag) January 7, 2018
@JFKairport how to get flight departure status for Kuwait airlines flight 118 from NYC to Kuwait?— Kunjan Punatar (@BeingKunjan) January 7, 2018
Thank you. I got an update now From Kuwait airways that they have boarded the flight and will reach Kuwait by 12.35pm (Kuwait time) today. Don’t know how much authentic information it is..!— Anand (@anand11788) January 7, 2018