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Water service restored at Kansas City airport terminal

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Crews at Kansas City International Airport are working to restore water service to one of its terminals after a water main broke. (Kim Olivier/KCTV5 News) Crews at Kansas City International Airport are working to restore water service to one of its terminals after a water main broke. (Kim Olivier/KCTV5 News)
Crews at Kansas City International Airport are working to restore water service to one of its terminals after a water main broke. (Stephanie Kayser/KCTV5 News) Crews at Kansas City International Airport are working to restore water service to one of its terminals after a water main broke. (Stephanie Kayser/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Crews at Kansas City International Airport have restored water service to one of its terminals after a water main broke.

Officials say the 12-inch pipe failed Tuesday afternoon, forcing crews to shut off water to the airport's Terminal B.

Water services were shut off for nearly 15 hours.

Airport officials tweeted about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday that the water service was restored.

Portable toilets were brought in as the airport's bathrooms and restaurants had to close during repairs.

Airlines that use Terminal B include Southwest Airlines, Delta and Alaska, though it was not immediately clear if air service was affected.

Some air travelers were taking shuttles to another terminal to use restrooms.

Thirty thousand people fly through KCI every day, some were upset about the break but others took the incident in stride.

“I have to go through security again which is annoying and then I had to throw away everything I bought on the other side of security even those I bought it from them,” Boston, MA native LJ Nicolas said.

“I feel like it’s an inconvenience but in the scheme of things, it’s not a big deal,” Ashville, NC native Loretta Beier said.

The water at KCI was shut down about 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Since most of the portable toilets were being used at events like Riverfest at Berkley River Front Park, it took them 13 hours to be brought to the airport. In the meantime passengers were told they had to wait until they boarded the plane to use the restroom.

"There are some people that are unhappy and we apologize about that,” Kansas City International Airport spokesperson Joe McBride said.

A temporary fix has been put in place. Crews will be returning Wednesday evening to find a permanent solution.

Terminal C was also shut down due to the water main break but was reopened within an hour. 

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