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Thousands of US travellers delayed by Border Protection computer outage

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Reuters Virginia, US Aug 17, 2019, 10.39 AM (IST)

Thousands of travellers at US airports faced delays late on Friday because of an outage of US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) processing systems, officials said.

CBP said in a statement the outage was temporary and "officers continue to process international travellers using alternative procedures until systems are back online.

 Travellers at some ports of entry are experiencing longer than usual wait times."

People at various US airports posted videos on social media sites of lengthy lines at processing checkpoints and several airports warned of extensive delays.

 Passengers disembarking at Dulles Airport in the Washington, DC area reported delays of two to four hours.

After several hours, CBP issued a statement saying its computers were coming back online.

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CBP said in a statement the outage was temporary and 'officers continue to process international travellers using alternative procedures until systems are back online'.