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Airport Delays Caused by Glitch in Terror Watch System: Officials

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 photo, American Airlines airplanes are at parked at the gate at JFK International airport in New York. (Credit: AP)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials say a glitch in the computer system that checks passenger names against a terror watch list caused major delays at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and other airports.

In this Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 photo, American Airlines airplanes are at parked at the gate at JFK International airport in New York. (Credit: AP) In this Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 photo, American Airlines airplanes are at parked at the gate at JFK International airport in New York. (Credit: AP)

Federal officials say the Department of Homeland Security computer system went down for about 90 minutes Wednesday night.

It caused backups at Kennedy Airport and other international airports.

Customs and Border Protection said in a statement there was no indication the service disruption was malicious in nature. It said customs experienced a temporary outage with its processing systems at airports of entry in the United States.

It's not clear what caused the problem.

 

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