‘Com­puter out­age’ causes de­lays at Amer­i­can air­ports

Fiji Sun - - World News - BBC

Trav­ellers have been de­layed at sev­eral Amer­i­can air­ports due to a com­puter is­sue af­fect­ing the coun­try’s cus­toms agency.

In a tweet, the Amer­i­can Cus­toms and Bor­der Pa­trol (CBP) said it was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a “tem­po­rary out­age” with pro­cess­ing sys­tems.

It added that the CBP would be using “al­ter­na­tive pro­ce­dures” un­til the undis­closed prob­lem was re­solved.

The scale is un­clear, but pic­tures on so­cial me­dia show long queues at air­ports in at least three states.

Los An­ge­les Air­port au­thor­i­ties said in an­other tweet that cus­toms of­fi­cers were “pro­cess­ing pas­sen­gers man­u­ally” as a re­sult of the out­age.

Is­sues with cus­toms checks have also been re­ported by trav­ellers in Seat­tle, New York’s John F. Kennedy Air­port, and Dulles Air­port in the US cap­i­tal, Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Los An­ge­les Air­port is one of sev­eral Amer­i­can air­ports re­port­ing prob­lems with its cus­toms sys­tem.

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