Driving Across An Airport Runway? Ah You Must Be Using Apple Maps!

/ 3 years ago

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Apple Maps strikes again, this time the troubled service has been sending people via an Alaskan airports runway, now the airport has closed an aircraft access route for fear of a truly massive accident.

Fairbanks International Airport reported that in three weeks they had two vehicles on their taxiway and across one of its runways. The issue was with the app directing users along the taxiway, but it does not specifically tell them to drive on the runway… apparently common sense isn’t all that common as much as good sat nav, because surely you can tell that you’re going the wrong way when you drive down a run way?!?

“We asked them to disable the map for Fairbanks until they could correct it, thinking it would be better to have nothing show up than to take the chance that one more person would do this,” Melissa Osborn, chief of operations at the airport, told the Alaska Dispatch newspaper.

The airport now has barricades installed to block access to those who follow sat nav blindly and that they wouldn’t be removed until Apple fixed the error.

“No matter what the signs say, the map on their iPhone told them to proceed this way,” said the airport’s marketing director Angie Spear.

Do you use Apple maps, let us know how you’re getting along with the service in the comments section below.

Thank you BBC News for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Alaska Dispatch.

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  • Skidmarks

    Not for me thanks. I don’t use anything Apple.

    • Rauch

      It’s not about using apple, it’s about how dumb some (and I underline SOME) apple users are… makes sense since they buy a spec bump for full price every year! 😀

      • Skidmarks

        Let them. There’s nothing wrong with Apples products apart from their prices and… oh yes, the company itself.

        • Christian Rutherford

          Oh and the fact that Apple sues everyone and their mother for stealing “Apple” ideas when Apple themselves have been doing it for years.

  • whynot

    no no no this is a new apple app guide for planes… hahaha

    • Skidmarks

      It’s a good thing airlines don’t use Apple maps for navigation:-)

  • Jeff Ward

    What possible reason could there be to use apple maps AT ALL? Didn’t I see an article awhile back about Google Maps now being available on iOS?

    • Skidmarks

      How could brainless diehard Apple fans slump so low as to be caught using Google products?