Customs Computers Systems Down, Major Delays at Airports Across Country

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 21: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent, Roselie Pierre, keeps an eye on the 3-D scanner screen at the Miami International Airport on May 21, 2019 in Miami, Florida. TSA has begun using the new 3-D computed tomography (CT) scanner in a checkpoint lane to detect explosives …
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s computers systems shut down nationwide on Friday, prompting widespread delays at airports across the country.

New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport confirmed the computers were down and said officials were moving quickly to get its system up and running.

LAX also confirmed its CBP computers were offline, writing on Twitter: “.@CBP systems are experiencing an issue which appears to be impacting multiple airports including LAX. Officers are processing passengers manually so please check with your airline for the latest status of any flight impacts. More details as they become available.”

Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, O’Hare Airports in Chicago, Illinois, and Philadelphia International Airport have all reported computer issues as well.

Travelers took to Twitter to share videos of the long lines caused by the shutdown.

The cause of the computer outage is presently unclear.


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