International airline passengers are facing huge delays departing Australian airports this morning, after the nation-wide system used to verify passports was hit by a massive technical issue.

Travellers have been impacted by the issue at Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane airports, with large queues forming while staff manually check passport details.

New Zealand airports suffered similar problems, with both Auckland and Wellington airports reporting their “border clearance” processes have been impacted.

Travellers have been advised to contact their airline for further information regarding flight departures.

We’ll update this story as it develops.

Source: The Age /
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