U.S. airports facing slowdowns due to computer glitch at customs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection computer outage leads to slowdown at international airports nationwide

USA airport authorities (TSA) said computers are slowly coming back online after a nationwide outage caused delays for worldwide passengers.

By 7 p.m., McCarthy said, the system was returning to normal. About 24,000 worldwide travelers pass through DFW Airport each day.

Travellers have been delayed at several United States airports due to an computer issue affecting the country's customs agency. Around 2 p.m., it announced that a temporary outage with its processing systems has worldwide travelers being processed "using alternative procedures".

The problems are with computer terminals passengers use to enter information after getting off planes.

New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport said in a tweet that a backup system is being put in place.

According to CBP, the outage started early Friday afternoon.

CBP added that they were processing passengers manually.

Officials said all travelers were being screened against national security-related databases and there was no sign the outage was malicious. As per a report, CBP processes around 358,000 air passengers and crew on an average day. The CBP will continue to monitor the incident. "More details as they become available".

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

JFK confirmed on its official Twitter account that agents were processing travelers manually during the outage.



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