Worldwide travelers briefly face delays entering US

Customs System

A two-hour CBP systems outage hit various airports across the country, beginning at 4:30 p.m. PST. It wasn't just a problem at JFK, a similar scene unfolded at Miami International Airport.

The outage affected passengers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports, said Port Authority spokesman Rudy King.

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Travellers who were at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY and Miami International Airport in Florida took to social media to share photographs of long queues at the airports. All airports are now back on line.

Kennedy Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport also acknowledged there could be passenger delays.

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A few minutes later, another tweet said the customs processing issue was resolved.

"During the technology disruption, CBP had access to national security-related databases and all travelers were screened according to security standards", CBP said in a statement. "CBP officers continued to process worldwide travelers using alternative procedures at affected airports".

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"The machines for customs and border patrol aren't working, so all the things are printing out with X's on them and everyone's freaking out, so the lines about an hour to get thru", said Brittany Jason. Addressing security concerns, the US Customs and Borders Protection said that there was no indication that the service disruption was malicious in nature.

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