United States airport immigration computers go down temporarily

Passport System Down, Thousands Delayed At Airports Around The Country

"During the disruption, CBP had access to national security-related databases and all travelers were screened according to security standards", the Customs and Border Protection agency said in a statement.

Denver International Airport reported the "brief customs processing issue has been resolved".

Travellers who were at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY and Miami International Airport in Florida took to social media to share photographs of long queues at the airports.

For roughly two hours, the customs computer systems were unable to recognize who was a USA citizen, a resident or a visitor, so everyone had to go through an immigration officer, making the process much longer.

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"We tried maybe three different kiosks, one twice", said DFW traveler Katrina Westermann. "So it was pretty very bad just not to know what was happening".

Customs and Border Protection began the new year with a computer outage that caused long lines at several airports. It said Monday night that all airports were back on line.

CBP also said it does not believe the outage was due to a malicious disruption. Agents were still able to process passengers using an alternative system, albeit at a much slower rate. All airports were back on line after wait times for travelers that were longer than usual, it said.



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