US Customs and Immigration computers went down at various airports around the US yesterday, causing some havoc for travelers returning from holidays.
A spokeswoman for the agency says a two-hour outage starting around 7:30 p.m. It said Monday night that all airports were back on line.
Travelers entering the United States from overseas posted photos on social media of long lines at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
New Year's Day felt more like Groundhog Day in the city's airports, after a computer outage left global travelers in the lurch for hours - nearly a year to the day after similar problems caused massive delays.
An outage of the US Customs and Border Protection's processing system led to delays Monday night for worldwide travelers arriving in the US. Line is a few 100 deep. Many airlines use ancient reservation systems, and even new ones like the Amadeus Altea system can go down, causing airport chaos. "Happy New Year!" said Jessica Yang, a program manager at Microsoft, in a Twitter post. Several other airports said they were affected.
A similar computer breakdown at U.S. airports happened a year ago.