Power restored to luggage system at JFK airport after outage

American Airlines operates Terminal 8. It said Tuesday

American Airlines operates Terminal 8. It said Tuesday that escalators and elevators were out of service. (Credit: File photo)

NEW YORK - (AP) -- Power has been restored to a luggage screening system at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport hours into a partial power outage at a terminal.

Full power is expected to be restored soon to the terminal, where a false report of gunfire caused an evacuation over the weekend.

Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines operates Terminal 8. It says escalators and elevators are out of service but power has been restored to its checked-bag screening system.

The airline said Tuesday night it hoped to have full power restored within hours. It says the problem was caused by a transformer that failed Tuesday afternoon.

A report of gunfire at the terminal led to chaos Sunday. Authorities are exploring the possibility loud cheering after Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt's Olympic 100-meter dash victory prompted the panic.

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