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    Customs and Border Protection computer outage leads to slowdown at international airports across the United States

    By Maria Sacchetti and Michael Laris August 16 at 6:28 PM

    Long lines formed at international airports across the United States on Friday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s computer system broke down and dramatically slowed the processing of thousands of people arriving from abroad, including U.S. citizens.

    Officials say they would not stop processing passengers, but said they had to switch to a slower, alternative process.

    It was not immediately clear how long people were having to wait, but reports on Twitter showed clogged terminals and extremely long lines.

    “U.S. Customs and Border Protection is experiencing a temporary outage with its processing systems at various air ports of entry and is taking immediate action to address the technology disruption,” the Department of Homeland Security agency said in a statement. “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.”

    Officials said all travelers were being screened against national security-related databases and there was no sign the outage was malicious.

    Reports of frustration emerged on Twitter Friday afternoon, and Los Angeles International Airport said it dispatched its team of “Guest Experience Members to help at @CBP customs areas to help direct guests and provide other assistance.”

    “@CBP systems are experiencing an issue which appears to be impacting multiple airports including LAX,” the airport said. “Officers are processing passengers manually so please check with your airline for the latest status of any flight impacts. More details as they become available.”

    Officials at Washington Dulles International Airport said they learned about the CBP outage at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, but they said the matter was resolved by 5 p.m.

    “Processing procedures are beginning to return to normal,” said Kristin Clarkson, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the agency that runs Dulles. “Over about an hour and half period it was backed up. Those people will have to be processed. I’m not sure how long it will take.”

    At about 6 p.m. Friday, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York tweeted that passengers were “being processed manually.”

    “Delays are expected,” the tweet said.

    Earlier in the day, JFK airport had tweeted that “CBP staffing changes” had also led to long waits in customs, and airport officials asked passengers for “patience and understanding.”

    CBP processes more than 350,000 incoming international air passengers and crew members on a typical day, according to its web site, and has experienced computer outages in the past.

    CBP reported outages on its Twitter account on Jan. 1, 2018, and on Jan. 2, 2017, which led to hours-long delays each time, and a 90-minute outage on Oct. 14, 2015.

    After the 2017 outage, the Homeland Security Inspector General said “underlying issues,” such as “deficient” software maintenance, “might result in future outages.”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  2. #16517

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    This was Global Entry at Philly Intl (PHL) 4 hours ago. And it only got worse since reports are that they've only got it fixed within the last hour. A mess. And freaking a ton of people out too.

  3. #16518

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    This was Global Entry at Philly Intl (PHL) 4 hours ago. And it only got worse since reports are that they've only got it fixed within the last hour. A mess. And freaking a ton of people out too.

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  4. #16519

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    Black teens were raising money for their football team when a white woman held them at gunpoint, police say

    By Leah Asmelash

    (CNN)Four Arkansas teens were going door to door to raise money for their high school football team when a woman held them at gunpoint, police say.

    The 10th-grade boys, who are all black and who were not identified because of their ages, were selling discount cards for restaurants and stores in Wynne, Arkansas, on August 7. Jerri Kelly, who told police that she is a former law enforcement officer and the wife of a county jail administrator, stopped them in front of her home, according to a police report.
    Kelly, who is white, said she saw the boys making a ruckus, according to the police report. She called the Wynne Police Department to report "suspicious persons" and in a later statement said, "All males were African American, and I know this residence to be white."

    As the boys approached her home, walking up her driveway and standing in her yard, Kelly picked up her revolver and came out to ask what they were doing, according to her statements. Even though they said they weren't stealing, Kelly told police, she instructed them to get on the ground.

    One boy told officers that he thought it was a joke until Kelly said to "get on the f***ing ground and spread your legs," the police report says.

    When they were on the ground, the boys said in their statements, she told them she would shoot if they moved. She asked whether they knew who she was and whose house it was. When the boys tried to explain what they were doing, they told police, she accused them of lying.

    "I thought she was going to shoot me in the head, how she was acting," one boy said in his statement.

    When officers arrived, they found the four boys lying face-down on the ground, with their hands behind their backs, and Kelly standing about 10 feet from them with a gun drawn, according to the police report. One of the officers, who was also a school resource officer, recognized the boys and explained the situation to Kelly. They were allowed to stand, and the situation was defused.

    As the boys were walking to the officers' patrol vehicle, Kelly told them to wait and began gesturing to her skin color and theirs.

    "It ain't about that," she said, according to the responding officer's statement. "If you're going to sell cards, act like you're selling cards. ... Don't be hanging out up there, and then don't walk over to my house. Don't act like that. Be men about it and sell cards."

    Two of the boys told police that Kelly then made them shake her hand.

    Kelly told the police that it didn't appear to her that the boys were selling anything, the report says. "They spent a good five minutes goofing off and screwing around in [the neighbor's] driveway and up around their house. That's not selling cards," she said, according to the report.

    Neighbors told an officer that they saw the boys walking down the street, playing and running around, but "nothing out of the ordinary," the report says.

    Kelly, 46, was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and first degree false imprisonment -- both felonies -- as well as four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree.

    Police didn't immediately take a mugshot of Kelly, but Cross County Sheriff David West -- for whom Kelly's husband works -- told CNN affiliate WMC that it wasn't because of preferential treatment but because of a "medical issue" during her booking. A mugshot was taken later.

    It's not clear whether Kelly entered a plea at her first appearance in court on Thursday. Her next hearing is scheduled for September 30. CNN could not immediately determine whether she has an attorney.

    Wynne County Schools Superintendent Carl Easley said in a statement that his district will review the fundraising policy and "will consider banning any door to door sales."

    "We are very concerned for our kids," he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    Surely you got it all back and more by not panicking and just waiting for about 7 years or so.
    Dude, that is the same logic as being stabbed with a knife and seven years later saying nothing happened because you healed and you are here to tell the story.
    I also have a friend that is still paying a huge mortgage in Spain after he bought a place in 2007, it went down in value over 50% (while his mortgage payments remained the same) and well, after a lot of things, now lives in Chile because Spain has never really recovered.
    I know, I have to look at the bright side. Just can't find it.
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