Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Computer issues for US Customs lead to long lines at some airports

Computer issues for US Customs lead to long lines at some airports

Thousands of travelers at US airports faced delays late on Friday because of an outage of US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) processing systems, officials said. "They are processing passengers manually until the system comes back online". CBP will continue to monitor the incident.

A government official says there's no indication that this was a malicious attack on the network "at this time".

Entry for people arriving at airports across the United States was slowed Friday when a Customs and Border Protection computer system failed on Friday, forcing the manual processing of passengers on a busy summer travel day.

CBP tweeted about it, calling it a "temporary outage with its processing systems at various airports of entry".

Chaotic scenes unfolded at some of the country's largest airports on Friday afternoon after the outage. Passengers who arrive on global flights will have to be processed manually until the issue is resolved.

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Long lines have been reported at a number of airports, including John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

"Arriving passengers to be processed manually, potentially taking hours", another said.

Twitter users have shared photos of long lines at various airports throughout the nation.

Airports in Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York and elsewhere notified travelers of potential delays at the beginning of one of the last weekends of the summer vacation season.

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