The US Customs and Border Protection agency's computer system experienced a nationwide shutdown Friday - causing major delays and massive lines at airports.
"CBP officers continue to process global travelers using alternative procedures until systems are back online", a CBP spokesperson said. CBP will continue to monitor the incident. Eastern Time, said Fred Badlissi a spokesman for Los Angeles World Airports. People are being processed manually, and it's taking forever.
CBP said in a statement the outage was temporary and "officers continue to process global travelers using alternative procedures until systems are back online". It's unclear so far whether Friday afternoon's troubles are connected with the biometric program or another aspect of Customs systems.
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Systems from the computer issue that was impacting U.S. Customs nationwide eventually came back online, the CBP said. Passengers who arrive on global flights will have to be processed manually until the issue is resolved. Customs and Border Patrol agents have been forced to manually process passengers until the systems go back online.
"Thank you for your patience".
However, the long lines were also scene at other local airports, such as Philadelphia International Airport where Joe Martella posted a photo of what customers were dealing with around 5 p.m.
Earlier, an announcement at Dulles International Airport Friday evening confirmed the computer issue.