Written by Reuters
17 Aug, 2019 | 2:39 pm
Reuters – Thousands of travelers at U.S. airports faced delays on Friday (August 16) because of a nationwide outage of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) processing systems that lasted several hours.
People at various U.S. airports, including Virginia’s Dulles International Airport outside Washington, posted videos on social media sites of lengthy lines at processing checkpoints and several airports warned of extensive delays.
Traveler, Luke Montgomery, told Reuters that the line at his checkpoint did not move for two hours.
In a tweet at 6:37 p.m. EDT (2237 GMT), CBP said: “the affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed.”
It said there was “no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at this time.”
On an average day, CBP processes around 358,000 air passengers and crew.
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