Customs systems back up after hours-long delays for travellers across Canada
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:28PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, July 28, 2019 7:20PM EDT
VANCOUVER -- A spokeswoman for Vancouver International Airport says the Canada Border Services Agency's primary inspection kiosks are back up and running after a nationwide outage caused hours-long delays for travellers.
Jenny Duncan says YVR was notified of the outage around 7 a.m. Pacific Time and international flight arrivals began to get busier around 11 a.m.
Duncan says she doesn't have statistics handy, but an hours-long outage of the CBSA systems is "very rare."
Airport staff tweeted at around 1:30 p.m. that they were working to help arriving guests fill out customs forms manually, as well as keep people hydrated.
A number of other airports across Canada took to Twitter to warn travellers about similar issues. They include Ottawa, Calgary, and Toronto Pearson.
A representative from the Canada Border Services Agency was not immediately available to respond to a request for more information.