Map App Glitch: Confused iPhone Users Drive onto Airport Runway

Map App Glitch: Confused iPhone Users Drive onto Airport Runway(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – If you’re looking to drive to the Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska, please don’t put blind faith into the iPhone’s default map app.

According to a report from the Alaska Dispatch on Tuesday, the airport reported that some drivers using the directions had actually crossed onto the airport’s runway after the app guided them to the Taxiway Bravo.

That’s despite the fact that the app doesn’t include direct instructions to the runway itself. However, it was close enough that when drivers saw the terminals, they proceeded toward them by heading across the airplane landing and takeoff area.

Taxiways are used by airports to connect ramps, hangars, runways, terminals and other airport features.

“These folks drove past several signs. They even drove past a gate. None of that cued them that they did something inappropriate,” commented Fairbanks airport Chief of Operations Melissa Osborn in the report.

At least two drivers had driven onto the runaway in the last three weeks as a result of the glitch. Meanwhile, the airport has asked Apple to fix the error and disable directions to the airport while doing so.

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