Last updated: 10:46 PM ET, Wed October 14 2015

DHS Computers Back Up After Multi-Airport Glitch

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | October 14, 2015

DHS Computers Back Up After Multi-Airport Glitch

Department of Homeland Security computers that check passenger manifests against terror watch lists were down at several airports Wednesday night for about two hours.

Several media outlets reported that the system outage began at around 7 p.m. and that computers were back up at approximately 9:06 p.m. ET.

But that still left two hours of frustration for thousands of travelers across the country at a half-dozen major airports, including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; Los Angeles International Airport; Dallas-Fort Worth; Charlotte-Douglas; Baltimore-Washington International; and Logan Airport in Boston.

Customs and Border Protection agents were using alternate methods to process passengers during the two-hour outage but, clearly, not as fast as computers can.

The DHS has not released a statement as of 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, so it is unknown of the outage was some sort of coordinated cyber-attack aimed at select airports.

Ironically, on the DHS website, there is a notice proclaiming October as National Cyber-Security Month.


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