U.S. Customs system down nationwide, prompting long lines at JFK, Newark

"CBP officers continue to process global travelers using alternative procedures until systems are back online", a statement from CBP earlier in the day said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is experiencing outages at processing systems at worldwide airports across the country on Friday afternoon, leading to long lines and delays.

Despite the delays, some took the long wait in stride.

"CBP officers are working to process travelers as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest levels of security", CBP added in a second tweet.

Long lines have been reported at a number of airports, including John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

A CBP spokeswoman said the systems were running again by early evening on the East Coast.

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Enormous lines were also seen at JFK Airport in several videos posted to Twitter.

Several airports said that US Customs had to process passengers manually and using backup systems, causing the slowdown.

"People are being processed, but slower".

One traveler commented on Twitter that customs systems appeared to be down at JFK, calling it a #customsapocalypse.

The computer problems have been fixed, according to a Tweet from Customs and Border Protection at 5:38 p.m. central time. "Thanks for your patience".

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