Thousands of passengers are stranded at John F Kennedy airport following more than 6,000 flight cancellations or delays stemming from the 'bomb cyclone' that rocked the Northeast on Thursday.

The airport had closed on Thursday afternoon due to the storm and was reopened on Friday morning.

But the reopening has been compounded by further disasters - such as a plane needing to turn back for an emergency landing after a false alarm and a collision on the tarmac.

Passenger Lily Crawford told Pix 11: 'People are sleeping on the ground, people are sitting on the ground. People have taken over wheelchairs. There are no outlets, people are running out of power on their phone.'

She added: 'It's complete chaos.'

A plane being towed at New York's John F Kennedy Airport struck a Kuwait-bound airliner, prompting the flight to be cancelled.

China Southern plane clipped the right tail end of a Kuwait Airways plane before the latter was due to takeoff for an overnight flight around 12am Saturday morning, the Port Authority said on Twitter.

Both aircrafts, which were Boeing 777s, sustained damage. No one was injured.

Kuwait Airways tweeted in Arabic that their plane was made inoperable due to the crash.