Homeland Security’s system that checks airline passengers against terror watch lists experienced disruptions early Wednesday evening, leading to several delays. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the outage lasted about 90 minutes and that the problem was with processing systems at airports across the country. The problem caused serious delays across New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Federal officials reported the problem slowed down security checkpoints across the country.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas and Charlotte Douglas International in North Carolina were among the airports affected, but airport officials said the impact was minimal. Despite the disruption, fliers were still checked against the terror list during the disruption. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the problem was with the computers and kiosks used by passengers arriving in the United States at airports nationwide. The resulting delays and missed flights will cause a ripple effect across the nation’s airports. Airports in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas and Los Angeles are affected. Airline passengers, via Twitter, are saying they’ve been told the problem will take several hours to fix and many are in danger of missing their flights.
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