NEW YORK --
During the first four days of her stay at the airport, Dominique zhish wiped her body with her hands and used the communal bathroom sink to shave her legs and wash her hair.
But on the fifth day of camp Kennedy, she seemed to be home, standing barefoot near the hall, with her hair wrapped in a blue towel after taking a shower.
This is the best shower I have ever had. year-
Old art student from Frankfurt
Hundreds of passengers were stranded in John F.
While Kennedy International Airport is waiting for the European ash cloud to clear and flights to resume, they are waiting.
They did their best in a sultry, unpleasant place.
A Belgian family sits on the terminal around their coffee table made in cartons.
In a corner, two British tourists scribbled a sign on a notebook paper to illustrate their situation: "Kennedy squat House, Yorkshire branch.
"They have built Mini.
Camp, brush your teeth and comb your hair in the public bathroom, build a large cardboard plane and sleep on the baby bed under the fluorescent lamp in the hustle and bustle of the TV set and public address system to pass the boredom.
"Time has passed very slowly," says Lawrence de Luza . " He tried to return to Belgium from the holidays to celebrate her 21 th birthday with a friend.
"The lights were on all night.
"It's not so easy to sleep.
The TV is still on.
"Despite their attempts to do so, the airport still provides a hostile environment for some people.
Jeff Gilbert, 57. year-
The wallet of the old structural engineer waiting to fly to Manchester, England, was stolen at the airport McDonald's.
He said Monday that he has no money now.
"It's not very comfortable here," he said of the airport . "
"You have been indoors.
It's hot and sticky inside. "And the end --
Although in front-
"I waited a long time.
"I won't fly out until Sunday," he said . ".
The cloud has collapsed.
Since Thursday, Atlantic flights have caused the biggest disruption since Thursday.
2001 terrorist attacks
The New York and New Jersey Port Authority, which manages major airports in the metropolitan area, has set up 1,000 cribs and blankets in Kennedy and Newark, New Jersey, to provide hot meals for trapped people and distribute necessities such as bottled water and baby wipes.
The Red Cross and consulates provided some bedding and food.
On Monday afternoon, five days after the crisis, the agency opened more than a dozen showers at Kennedy Airport. The 500-
Some people camping at the Port Authority airport "have been well looked after," said Chris Ward, executive director of the agency.
Some passengers use JFK Airport as their home, because there are very few hotel rooms, they are out of budget on vacation in New York, or they just think that if they want to go home as soon as possible, living near the airport is the smartest thing to do.
Around the world, hundreds of passengers have had similar experiences, lying on blankets laid on the airport floor and sometimes relying on McDonald's meal vouchers.
"We have a meal a day.
"A lot of people don't eat at the moment," said Andrew Turner, a graduate student who traveled to London after a holiday in Sydney at Incheon International Airport, South Korea.
Passengers at Frankfurt airport in Germany had a more pleasant experience, with spokesman Uwe Witzel saying hundreds of stranded passengers had three meals a day, showers, new clothes, etc.
"We have set up an Internet lounge and we have hired some people to entertain the children and he said:" We have also arranged a place outside the terminal building, people can go there to get some fresh air and some sunshine. ".
At Terminal 4 at Kennedy Airport, passengers are in private contact with their home away from home.
Andrew Jenkins and Tom Lawton scribbled "Kennedy squat House, Yorkshire branch" above their crib ".
Jenkins, 23, from Yorkshire, UK, relies on Red Cross blankets and $10 daily food vouchers from Irish airlines linglingus.
"We were hoping to sleep on the floor," Jenkins said . ".
"It won't kill us as long as we keep getting food vouchers, will it?
"There is no reason for John Bombek, wife Anemi kentiga, and their three children to be stuck at the airport without furniture.
The family put the crib they got on a square, in the center, and they put a coffee table and took it out of the box where the pillows they received came in.
London's Alan Godfrey built a 4-by using a box delivered by a crib-foot(1. 2-meter)-
Long aircraft with the "Big Al's Airways" logo.
He drew a few windows on it and stuck his wings with a straw.
Godfrey has been at the airport since Friday, and every night there is a small pen painting the passage of time on the wall.
Christian Linning, 49, Belgium, said the statement "Welcome to Terminal 8" was repeated all night on the public address system.
Lynne ate fruit, French fries, croissants and soda served by the Belgian consulate.
In the evening, when she tried to fall asleep, she had been smelling the garbage collected nearby.
"When you are in a team, you become stronger.
Fortunately, we are all together.
Everyone is very good.
We help each other, "said Lynn.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says community outreach has been sent to Kennedy Airport to help stranded travelers.
"We like them and we want them to have a good time, but it's a bit difficult when you can't get your luggage or have to sleep in bed," he said.
"No one can replace the one who wants to go home ---
No matter what you do for them, they won't be happy. "