But because of 60-mph winds [in New York], the plane was forced to circle JFK until it was finally diverted to Stewart Airport in Newburgh -- 90 miles north -- for a 5:15 p.m. landing.
There, the plane remained on the tarmac until close to midnight, passengers say. The airline said the wait was more like 4½ hours.
Tensions flared as the stranded passengers were forced to ration, each was given four Pringles and a half-cup of water. One passenger was escorted off of the plane by police due to a panic attack.
After midnight, rival airline Jetblue, who happen to have facilities at Stewart Airport, finally arranged for buses to take the passengers on the 2 hour bus ride to JFK, where they arrived around 3am.