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Power Outage Hits Parts of JFK Airport's Terminal 8

By Dusica Malesevic | August 16, 2016 5:32pm | Updated on August 16, 2016 8:00pm

NEW YORK CITY — The power went out in certain parts of JFK Airport's Terminal 8 on Tuesday, according to American Airlines.

The airline, which operates the terminal, said in an email shortly before 5 p.m. that it was working closely with local authorities to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

The system that screens checked bags was back online and bags that were delayed by the outage were in the process of being screened, the airline said in an email at 7:45 p.m. Electricians were closely monitoring the situation and were working to restore full power to all areas.

Escalators, elevators as well as the checked baggage screening and belts were out of service during the afternoon, according to the airline, which warned its customers the outage along with severe weather could result in delays and cancelations. 

The primary transformer that served the terminal had failed and resulted in partial power outage, which happened around 2 p.m., according to the airline.

The disruption in power comes on the heels of JFK being evacuated Sunday night due to reports of alleged gunfire.