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Miami International Airport Was an Epic Catastrophe Last Night

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photo via @cherlybolen's Twitter
Crowds wait at MIA last night.
Considering that lightning-filled monsoons sweep across Dade County every afternoon this time of year, waiting out weather delays at Miami International Airport is par for the course. The morass travelers encountered last night at MIA, though, was anything but typical.

A double-whammy of busted computers and broken runway lights left thousands trapped at the airport and fuming on Twitter about the delays.

via @drbrowne's Twitter

via bungeebaby123's Twitter

via @cherylbolen's Twitter
The massive queues above began around 6:30 p.m., when the computer system used by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents went on the fritz. Thousands of passengers trying to get through passport controls found themselves snarled in barely moving lines.

For more than two hours, a back-up system allowed only a few passengers at a time through the passport checks while connecting flights were missed, tempers spiked, and passengers took to Twitter to vent at MIA in all its glory.

"This is an out-of-the-ordinary situation," airport spokesman Gregory Chin told the Miami Herald. "We worked with the CBP as best we can."

If that wasn't bad enough, about half an hour after the CPB's computers went back online, MIA's runways suffered a blackout that erased landing lights on the airport's two north runways.

All landing flights had to divert to just one runway while the problem was being fixed, and dozens of flights that already landed couldn't make their way to the gates.

It wasn't until about 10 p.m. that the blackout ended and life could return to the normal level of hellish stress and annoyance that is air travel in the 21st Century.

Which all raises the question: How in hell did this happen?

via @WeAreALPA's Twitter
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44 comments
Ingrid Elliott
Ingrid Elliott

Aaaand this is why I use smaller airports to avoid flying into MIA! It's disorganized, chaotic and annoying on a regular day \U0001f612

Rosemary Pasquier
Rosemary Pasquier

Lol.. omg.. the kids were driving me nuts. Jasmine was jumping on your bed and on the couch. Poor samantha was super sleepy

Freddy Rosales
Freddy Rosales

Vanessa Orellana Rosemary Pasquier Robert Rosales... Now you know why

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

This is not 'news", Shit happens. move on.

Brynn Katzen
Brynn Katzen

Lyly Villanueva Salazar apparantly you are not alonee

Chris Breeze
Chris Breeze

Pointless!!! I hate miami international airport because of this.

Alberto Delgado Fernandez
Alberto Delgado Fernandez

Miami in itself is a rotten patch of land ruled by the worst scum. That is a fact that cannot be hidden, not even by the rants and cries of the miami rats

Tom Koyzis
Tom Koyzis

About half the time it normally takes..... \U0001f61b\U0001f61b

Walter Moser III
Walter Moser III

Arriving from outside the US: MIA has the worst lines for as long as I can remember. Whenever entering the US in MIA I'm close to buy a ticket home.

Jannette Caballero
Jannette Caballero

Oh yea! Terrible! Frank had to stay at work last night until midnight \U0001f60f Steven Caballero

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...............this is SO MIAMI !


this is why we can't have nice things

Dennis Montero
Dennis Montero

Mickey Blue: Why don't you come to MIA and tell it to those "morons" face to face? Talk is cheap.

Chris Funk
Chris Funk

Why automate? Why not hire actual people?

Erica Jacquez
Erica Jacquez

gooood.... lol but yeah im down ! Alexia Perez Cisneros

Alexia Perez Cisneros
Alexia Perez Cisneros

Erica Jacquez another reason why we should get there a day early lmao always like this

Xaymara Bayouth
Xaymara Bayouth

Every person that comes in to the US must declare if they have more than $10,000 regardless of who they are or how they obtained the $$$! If it was legal $$$ why hide it!!! That means that as a Customs employee we r doing a good job!!!!!

Maria Carolina
Maria Carolina

Are you guys serious? This kind of problem doesn't only happen in MIA... I'm a flight attendant and trust me it happens EVERYWHERE! Not just MIA!

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Btw, who travels with $41k cash ? I doubt it was a check, she'd have that in a purse or on her body somewhere. Put it into a bank account, selling a home and no bank account ? Some people need to have to explain why their brains don't process things like a rational and intelligent human being ?

Gigi Mavunda
Gigi Mavunda

It's hell in there, I always fly home via New York when returning from an international destination

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

It's all gripes until someone gets hurt because precautions weren't taken ?

James Russell
James Russell

Yea,skip customs and just fly into Mexico. I hear the process is much quicker there in getting into the states these days..

Constanza Maute
Constanza Maute

MIA airport is generally antiquated and slow as molasses. I have international clients come through there all the time and believe me it's a bad first impression!!

Mickey Blue
Mickey Blue

Well it's no surprise, Miami is the worst airport in existence! And have you ever seen the morons that work for Customs? They barely speak English.

Anke Stroh
Anke Stroh

worst airport in the world,everyday there is a new problem.

Kon Janco
Kon Janco

Where's Frantz Ferdinand when u need him?

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