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Another Computer Outage at O'Hare Airport

Not Well Reported

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Another Computer Outage at O'Hare Airport

Last Friday afternoon, there was a breaking news report in the Chicago Tribune that international passengers arriving into Chicago O'Hare Airport were being delayed because of a problem with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) computers. Customs had to use its back-up systems from about noon CDT to 1640 CDT before the main system was back on-line.

What was interesting about the story were two items: one, it wasn't only Customs' computers at O'Hare that were affected, but reportedly the problem affected CBP computers at airports nationwide. Reading over the Tribune story, probably close to 1,000 passengers were affected at O'Hare alone - how many passengers were affected across all US international airports?

The second point was that the news was reported only in the Chicago Tribune that I can find, even as of today, a couple of days later. The CPB makes no mention of it on their web site that I can find, either. 

The CBP computer problems at LAX two years ago, although larger and longer, was widely reported from the start, as was the United Airlines computer outage a few days earlier at O'Hare.

It makes one wonder how may other major computer outages occur and how many people are affected on a daily basis but are never reported.

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