The US Customs and Border Protection computer system is down at some airports including Seattle-Tacoma, creating long lines for arriving worldwide travelers, the agency tweeted Friday afternoon.
One traveler commented on Twitter that customs systems appeared to be down at JFK, calling it a #customsapocalypse.
Customs officers checks travelers on all global flights from US airports, making sure that passengers match the passports they're carrying and are permitted to fly. "CBP officers continue to process global travelers using alternative procedures until systems are back online. There is no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at this time", CBP said.
"Just to let you know Customs is experiencing a system shutdown nationwide", JFK tweeted in reply to a customer.
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Houston Bush Airport announced delays and advised impacted passengers to check with the airline on flight statuses.
Passengers reported that they've spent more than two hours standing in line at the Washington Dulles International Airport. People are being processed manually, and it's taking forever.
It is not clear what caused the problem.
Twitter users have shared photos of long lines at various airports throughout the nation.