U.S. Customs and Border Protection computers are experiencing outages that are delaying international flights on Friday.
The CBP tweeted out later that Friday evening saying, “Affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed.” “There is no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at this time,” the agency said.
The airports that were involved in the outage were New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, among others. There are several images of travelers crammed into lines waiting to be admitted into the states.
“Customs is experiencing a system shutdown nationwide,” JFK tweeted Friday afternoon. “They are processing passengers manually until the system comes back online. Thanks for your patience.” Frederick Badlissi, a spokesman for LAX, said the airport was also impacted and that “we’re advising travelers to check with their airlines” about possible wait times.
The CBP official said the agency was “using alternative procedures until systems are back online.” “CBP officers are working to process travelers as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest levels of security,” the official said.