Computer outage at customs causes major travel headache at JFK Airport

Long lines of people waiting to go through customs at Miami International Airport due to a reported computer issue

Some travelers arriving or departing San Diego International Airport may have been delayed New Year's Day due to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection glitch. The brief outage's after-effects are still being felt at some airports and delays are expected.

In a statement, CBP said the outage began at 7:30 p.m. and ended at 9:30 p.m. However, no foul play has been suspected.

The agency said it had access to the national security-related databases during the outage.

New Year's Day felt more like Groundhog Day in the city's airports, after a computer outage left worldwide travelers in the lurch for hours - nearly a year to the day after similar problems caused massive delays. "CBP officers continued to process worldwide travellers using alternative procedures at affected airports". All airports were back online after wait times for travellers that were longer than usual, it said.

According to the CBS News, there were up to 2,000 passengers stuck in lines at the Miami International Airport.

Worldwide passengers arriving at T.F. Green Airport were also affected by the outage, but the disruption was temporary and the system is back online. It is still unclear what affected the system.

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