Computer Outage Disrupts New Year’s Travel in U.S. Airports

A Twitter user posted this photo of passengers waiting in line at Customs in Miami. Garret Prather via Twitter

New Year’s travelers were hit with long lines and delays at bustling airports Monday, when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) computer experienced a technology disruption for about four hours.

The delay lasted from 5 to 9 p.m. ET, affecting crowded airports across the country, including those in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston and Atlanta.

Disgruntled travelers took to social media as they waited in line for hours at Customs screening stations.

The CBP does not suspect that the cause of the computer outage was malicious in nature.

"During the technology disruption, CBP had access to national security-related databases and all travelers were screened according to security standards," the CBP said in a statement.


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