Major delays hit airports as computer system fails

There are major delays at International Airports around the world, caused by a major computer malfunction.

Passengers took to social media seeking answers for the delays with Sydney Airport telling passengers via Twitter: "Airlines are experiencing check-in delays due to a system issue".

Flight check-ins are being affected across the Tasman, with Auckland Airport tweeting "Immigration NZ's national system has gone down".

The issue, which affected all global flights coming in and out of Auckland and Wellington airports, meant passengers' passports could not be scanned in automatically.

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the department tasked to run the passport system, confirmed there was an "external system outage".

The system problems are not related to smart gates, or security checks, so once passengers get through the initial check in scramble, it is understood processes are running as normal, arrivals are unaffected.

The Advance Passenger Processing system is used to automatically validate passengers' ability to travel to, or through, New Zealand. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide are in order the five busiest airports in Australia by passenger movement, with almost 120 million journeys made through them in the 2015-16 calendar year.

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Not many guests appeared to be in attendance, but some passengers who had their flights delayed said they were able to watch the ceremony.

The department stressed APP reporting is required for all global flights to and from Australia.

Worldwide flights were departing up to 45 minutes behind schedule from Melbourne and about 30 minutes behind schedule from Sydney.

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