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Thousands of bags claimed at JFK Airport after winter storm chaos, but some still remain

Losing your luggage after a flight is often a traveler’s worst nightmare, but after the “weather bomb” hit much of the U.S. East Coast last week, many travelers who went through John F. Kennedy International Airport experienced that very fear.

It was just one of many chaotic situations facing the airport that sees tens of millions of people through its doors every year.

The chaos started last Thursday when a winter system slammed into the East Coast, stretching across many eastern states and into Canada causing numerous airline delays, confused passengers and bags left behind.

Terminal gates saw delays, causing many international flights to sit waiting to leave or arrive, then two days later, two passenger planes collided on the runway and though no one was…

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