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A Customs and Border protection officer helps a man from China scan his documents while a camera records his iris and facial features to verify his documents while leaving San Diego on his way to Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. The US government announced Thursday it was using eye scans and facial recognition technology on foreigners leaving the US on foot at a busy San Diego crossing with Mexico. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)

A US Customs computer outage disrupted operations at airports nationwide


A U.S. Customs computer outage disrupted airport operations nationwide Monday night, according to officials. 

The outage caused long lines and delays for those trying to enter the United States. 

A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that its processing systems at multiple airports were "experiencing a temporary outage."

"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 statement said. 

It's unclear just how widespread the outage is, but customs delays were reported in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta and Washington Dulles International Airport. 

However, Miami International Airport tweeted saying the outage was nationwide. 

Some systems have reportedly come back online. 

U.S. Customs Border Protection spokesman Rob Brisley told CNN the outage lasted about an hour at the Atlanta airport. 

Dozens took to Twitter to share photos of the long lines. 

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