At least 6,000 people stranded at Kennedy International Airport since the Sunday snowstorm fought hunger, boredom and some sickness on Monday (10 February) as snowplows and helicopters sought to free them.
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MS-2 shots Unloading food from helicopter
MS Helicopter taking off
MS Men with hand truck food
MS 4 shots Men & Women & Kids stranded by snow
MS People stranded at airport getting food
MS Back of ambulance
MS Hurt man coming out of ambulance
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Background: At least 6,000 people stranded at Kennedy International Airport since the Sunday snowstorm fought hunger, boredom and some sickness on Monday (10 February) as snowplows and helicopters sought to free them.
In a parking lot outside one of the air terminals, three people were found dead in a car. The airport police said they had been asphyxiated by a faulty heating system as they huddled in their car. At least two other people suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in a car.
For the second night in a row, many who had hoped to lounge on sand under Caribbean palms found themselves instead lying on hard floors, their heads resting against candy machines.
Roadways at the airport were clogged with heavy snow drifts and abandoned cars. The normal way out of Kennedy airport - by air was not ever a vision as workmen sought first to dig out scores of planes and then turn to clearing runways.
A few helicopters, some bringing food to the stranded, landed and took off at Kennedy. Late Monday night a helicopter air lift began evacuating a few of the stranded passengers.