I don’t know about you but on a flight less than four hours I may not use the lavatory, especially if I’m in a window seat. I’ll just make a stop in the restroom on the way out of the terminal.
That doesn’t always work if you’re flying into New York JFK, though. This morning in terminal 5 a water main break caused the airports to lose pressure and close down the bathrooms. There was “a big brown mess” outside of the terminal with water and dirt pooled. While pressure was quickly restored, bathrooms were unavailable for hours and passengers were told to hold it and just ‘go on board’.
Water main break at JFK. We have been advised to wait until we board our flights to use the restroom and to buy bottled water. Also there are lots of birds in here 🙄 #thisisnewyork
— Liz Marcello (@LizLikesBikes) October 25, 2018
That was no help, of course, to deplaning passengers.
A slightly more accurate assessment: Every bathroom is closed in this building with thousands of people who just got off a plane. No restaurants are serving anything fresh.
— Jeremy King (@pasturepilot) October 25, 2018
New York JFK airport is a disaster. Governor Cuomo’s $plan won’t begin to fix it. In August a water geyser gushed up from the ground at baggage claim in American Airlines terminal 8 when rain water broke through the floor when a reverse flow valve failed.
Geyser @JFKairport #terminal8 Port Authority says excess rain water gushed thru floor when reverse flow valve malfunctioned @ABC7NY no flights or luggage affected
Video credit: Eugene Galdi pic.twitter.com/KUIXOtTW6D
— Lucy Yang (@LucyYang7) August 12, 2018
At least there was no baggage on the carousel, and it was rainwater and not… the terminal 5 restrooms.