January 3, 2017
— Reza (@EGerami) January 3, 2017
— Frederik Kramer (@OSevangelist) January 3, 2017
Customs line at Atlanta airport snaking around multiple wings of building. Supposedly homeland security system down pic.twitter.com/EtSMhWHQgV
— Jordana Merran (@JordanaMerran) January 3, 2017
— Peter Gartrell (@runptg11) January 3, 2017
36 unusable passport express kiosks, 20 unused global entry, 1000 people. 8 agents. 1 hour wait. Welcome to Dulles airport pic.twitter.com/WWmsuZs125
— Richard G. Walker (@RichardGWalker) January 3, 2017
Countdown until Russians get blamed for this…
Computer outages snarled U.S. Customs procedures at airports in New York and across the country Monday night — creating havoc and extensive delays as travelers wrapped up the long holiday weekend.
The outage began at 5 p.m. and was corrected by about 9 p.m., officials said.
But the agency didn’t send out a tweet announcing the problem was fixed until closer to 10:30 p.m.
“All airports are back on line after a temporary outage of #CBP’s processing systems. No indication the disruption was malicious in nature,” the agency wrote.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were forced to process travelers via a slower back up system when the computers went down.
A spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta — one of the busiest in the world — said the computer outage was nationwide.
Social media was filled with complaints from frustrated travelers flying back to the U.S. through major gateway cities like Miami, Boston and Washington, D.C.
Computers were also down at JFK Airport, but it was unclear if LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport were affected.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Customs refused to comment on what might have caused the glitch.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is experiencing a temporary outage with its processing systems at various airports of entry and taking immediate action to address the technology disruption,” the spokeswoman said.
“CBP officers continue to process international travelers using alternative procedures until systems are back online. Travelers at some ports of entry are experiencing longer than usual wait times and CBP officers are working to process travelers as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest levels of security,” the spokeswoman added.
Speaking of Russians – this is what I’ve talked about with cyber warfare.
The Russians didn’t do this, but presumably they could do something like this if they wanted to. Everything totally shut down from a computer system outage.
Meanwhile, if Russia’s airport computer system shut down, it would be like this:
Russian Airport Employee #1: So, does this mean we can smoke inside?
Russian Airport Employee #2: Ehhh… da.
And then they would just keep on checking and stamping passports.
Russia has digitized basically no infrastructure at all. They run passports through a criminal database, but it’s locally stored at all of their international airports, rather than whatever sort of complex nonsense the US is running.
And ironically – or not – the US is the one with the massive illegal immigration problem.
Anyway, this is just one thing, but it’s a good microcosm example of a problem that the US would have in the age of cyber war that Russia would not have.