Power Outage Leaves Newark Airport In The Dark

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – PSE&G said a power outage impacted 20,000 customers – including three terminals at Newark Liberty International Airport – Monday afternoon.

A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman told 1010 WINS power went down at around 2:30 pm Monday afternoon. Power was restored about 90 minutes later.

The impacted areas included Newark, Elizabeth, Hillside, Union, Roselle, Linden, Kenilworth and Irvington. The outage had earlier forced the airport to run on backup systems.

PHOTO GALLERY: Power Outage Leaves Newark Airport In The Dark

During the outage, escalators at the airport were standing still and Airtrains were not working. Despite that, planes were still coming and going.

CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reported that passengers aboard the Airtrains had to walk on the tracks as they were led back to the airport.

People inside Newark Liberty were also unable to check-in, pick up their bags or even park their cars.

“They had a guy manually writing the ticket instead of you taking it out of the machine…that was like again like the 1950’s or something,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.

In addition, the outage impacted airport security procedures, WCBS 880 reported. Security screeners resorted to pat-downs, since their controversial body scanners were down.

PSE&G says the outage occurred following an incident at the Bayway Switching Station in Elizabeth in the middle of planned upgrades.

While life at the airport started getting back to normal Monday evening, the timing came too late for vendors.

“I can’t sell anything.  I can’t open my register — just lost two hours worth of business,” Jennifer Devia said.

Are you satisfied with PSE&G? Sound off in our comments section.

  • oswald

    The 21st century really isn’t living up to what we expected – especially when you look at our power grids, gas lines, water lines, etc. – our basic utilities that we cannot live without.

    We’ve made little progress in these areas over the past 50-75 years.

    Sure, we’ve got computers, the internet, and TV’s almost as thin as a credit card – but what good is all that if we can’t keep the lights on and suffer water main breaks left and right. Our roads are full of potholes and we still can’t get our cars off gasoline. We can’t even conquer foot odor !!!

    It’s like we peaked during the space race in the 1960’s, then came to a standstill. It really is quite a shame when you look at the potential we have.

  • Larry Schwarz

    PSE@G Huh.Lets’s see they can’t read meters correctly.Several times this has happened,BUT THIS.Air traffic shut down because of PSE&G’s foul up.How many incoming jets had to be diverted to Kennedy,Laguardia,or land elsewhere like Baltimore and sit it out.I just hope The Port authority of NY and NJ goes after PSE&G,especially for lost revenue for the airport concessions.Stuck passengers could not even get a bite to eat.

  • Anon

    Power is out again as of 5:50pm. Outside lights are on. Terminal C is dark Computers all down

  • Anon

    Power is out again as of about 5:50

  • Arlene

    i think it has something to do with that new tunnel contruction they’re building.

  • stuck

    Parked on the jet way. Id like to get out.

  • Frank

    Union never lost power

  • Anonymous

    My husband was stuck on a plane for about 40 minutes. His pilot let the passengers know that he couldn’t communicate with the ground crew or the terminal. He was in terminal A.

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