US airport chaos as border and customs computers crash nationwide causing major travel delays

CUSTOMS computer networks across the US unexpectedly shutdown for several hours yesterday causing major delays at airports.

John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and Los Angeles International (LAX) were among the airports hit by delays.

Long lines formed at JFK Airport in New York amid the computer meltdown
Long lines formed at JFK Airport in New York amid the computer meltdown

Hundreds of passengers were also delayed at Washington Dulles International Airport
Mike Donkle

Hundreds of passengers were also delayed at Washington Dulles International Airport[/caption]

Hundreds of customers were delayed, pictured is one long queue at JFK
Hundreds of customers were delayed, pictured is one long queue at JFK

Long lines formed JFK and other US airports on Friday afternoon amid the “nationwide” computer meltdown.

Passengers vented their fury at the delays, with some saying they had been stuck at JFK for three hours.

James Dibbini tweeted: “Outrage at JFK. We have been stuck 3 hours in what appears miles of lines and travellers missing connection flights.”

WomenInTech tweeted: “We just arrived in the #USA for networking events and we’re all blocked at #customs.”

US Customs and Border Protection revealed there was a “temporary outage” with its processing systems at various ports of entry.

Around two hours later, the agency tweeted: “The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed.

“CBP will continue to monitor the incident. There is no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at this time.”


John F. Kennedy Airport New York tweeted that the computers are down
John F. Kennedy Airport New York tweeted that the computers are down

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