20,000+ International Passengers Stranded In LAX

A “blown switch” in a U.S. customs computer caused over 20,000 international travelers at LAX to get stranded on the tarmac, and inside the airport, for upwards of six hours on Sunday, MSNBC reports.

At one point, airlines were given clearance to get fuel and food, but many airlines didn’t take advantage of it, for whatever reason.

This is the third airport computer glitch of the summer causing massive delays. Maybe it’s about time to get those machines some new punchcards.


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  1. jamesdenver says:

    Another reason the mind boggles at why we don’t have transit lounges at major int’l airports like L.A., N.Y. or Miami.

    Even a crowded terminal would be better than sitting on planes after a 10-15 hour flight. You can still bring food, water, and regular comforts people need.


  2. Pelagius says:

    One more reason to go via Vancouver and skip the U.S. entirely.

  3. Amy Alkon says:

    LAX is one of the more inhospitable international airports.

  4. Pelagius says:

    Do they still have the ‘nuns’ begging for money right after you emerge from Customs? I always thought it was a nice touch to immediately assail jet-lagged and disoriented international arrivals with some sketchy ‘charity’ begging.

  5. Trai_Dep says:

    Why in gods’ names would anyone want to visit this country as a tourist?


  6. bedofnails says:


    US Customs and the Transportation Security Administration are two different entities. Take your preconceived angst elsewhere.

  7. M3wThr33 says:

    I prefer landing in Ontario.

  8. hypnotik_jello says:

    @bedofnails: Under the same umbrella organization: Department of Homeland inSecurity

  9. bedofnails says:


    You are correct sir.


  10. queenmizz says:

    That first image weirdly looks like Baghdad right before the bombing started in 2003.