The Department of Homeland Security computer system that checks airline passengers against terror watch lists briefly experienced service disruptions Wednesday evening that led to some delays, officials said.
Officials told NBC News the system was back up just after 9 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the outage lasted about 90 minutes, and that the problem was with processing systems at airports of entry in the U.S.
“In the meantime, CBP officers processed international travelers using alternative procedures until systems were back on line,” Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. “At this time, there is no indication the service disruption was malicious in nature.”
The problem caused delays at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport, NBC New York reported. Federal officials said the problem slowed down screening at several major airports.