U.S. customs outage delays thousands of travelers in airports across country

They said they were "taking immediate action to address the technology disruption" and are continuing to process global travellers using "alternative procedures".

Be glad if you were not traveling Friday afternoon because U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) computers were experiencing a shutdown that caused delays at airports nationwide.

They are processing passengers manually until the system comes back online.

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

"CBP officers continue to process global travelers using alternative procedures until systems are back online", the agency tweeted.

Los Angeles International Airport tweeted that officers are processing passengers manually.

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

Twitter users have shared photos of long lines at various airports throughout the nation.

Nationwide outage of US CBP computer systems.

"This is a joke", said Frank Cesario, who posted pictures showing hordes of people waiting at JFK.

Customs systems are down nationwide, several US airports said on Twitter. "Thanks for your patience", JFK Airport tweeted.

"There is no indication of nefarious activity at this time", the source said.

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