Stuck at JFK? Free buffet for volcano-delayed passengers

Many travelers stranded New York’s JFK airport due to volcano-canceled flights have been stuck at the airport’s International Terminal: Terminal 4.  Travelers stuck in other terminals have been bused over to Terminal 4 as well, in part because that’s the only terminal with food concessions located pre-security.

According to SSP America spokesperson Darleen Nascimento, “Many of the stranded passengers do not have the means to buy food at the restaurants and quick service outlets.”  (SSP America is the company that operates all the restaurants and fast-food outlets in Terminal 4.)

So today at 6 pm, SSP America will be offering a free buffet for about 300 stranded passengers. The airport chapel has donated its conference room for the meal.

The menu:

Pasta with marinara, perogies, mixed green salad, toasted garlic flat bread, braised beef in brown sauce, baked chicken wings with citrus and herbs.

If the travel restrictions continue, SSP America may also serve breakfast to stranded passengers tomorrow.

Kudos to them for doing this!

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2 thoughts on “Stuck at JFK? Free buffet for volcano-delayed passengers

  1. Kelly G says:

    I’d open my house to a family with kids who are stuck at Dulles. I can’t imagine how horrible it would be for parents wrangling kids. I have 3 boys that would enjoy the interaction.

  2. Scott says:

    Guten Abend: We know how tough things are being stuck the airport, having been there ourselves. We would like to offer a warm meal (Wurst & Bier), a hot shower, and a soft bed at our modest home, to a family or two flying Lufthansa who have been stuck at SeaTac (Seattle Tacoma International Airport) since Lufthansa halted its flights. We can’t get through to Luftansa at this time of the night, but appreciate the hospitality we have received in times past when we have been delayed coming home. I’ll check to see if any delayed German travelers reply…. I will check in the morning, and we hope to have some new friends by late afternoon. We can only do 4-6 a night, but we suspect there are a few planeloads waiting to go home, and would love to share some hospitality.

    [Harriet here: if you’d like to take them up on this offer, leave a comment and I’ll forward it via email.]

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