Outage causes delays at immigration checkpoints at UK airports

Passengers on international airlines arriving at Heathrow airport near London and other airports in Britain faced long lines at immigration checkpoints on Tuesday evening after the country’s border police reported a nationwide computer outage, officials said.

“Border Force is currently dealing with a nationwide issue impacting the processing of passengers across the border,” Heathrow, the country’s largest airport, said on social media at 9:15 p.m

The problem also affected Manchester Airport, Gatwick Airport near London and Belfast International Airport in Northern Ireland. The total number of airports affected was not clear.

Officials said the problem originated “eGates” by Border Force“Immigration checkpoints processing arriving passengers across the border.

Officials at Gatwick and Manchester airports said there were no flight delays or cancellations related to the outage, but said they were working with Border Police officers to help passengers delayed in entering the country.

It was unclear when the outage began and what specifically caused it. An emailed query sent to Britain’s Home Office, which manages the border force, was not immediately returned on Tuesday.

Pictures continue Social media showed crowded, stagnant lines in front of a row of gates under signs reading “UK Border” at Heathrow Airport.

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