Apple Maps Directing Motorists to Cross an Aircraft Runway
A US airport has had to close a road access route used by staff to get onto its runway, after Apple Maps suggested it as a convenient route for passengers to use.
The route on Apple Maps takes them past the runway -- and over the past few weeks, several people have blindly followed the maps guidance to get to the taxiway, and seeing the terminal building on the other side of the runway, chose to simply drive across it.
Their adherence to the iPhone meaning that they are seemingly not noticing the warning signs, and the fact that they are in fact on an aircraft runway.
Angie Spear, marketing director for Fairbanks International Airport told the Alaska Dispatch that the incidents show how much blind faith drivers who are unfamiliar with an area will place in their electronic gadgets' instructions.
"No matter what the signs say, the map on their iPhone told them to proceed this way," Spear said.
"These folks drove past several signs. They even drove past a gate. None of that cued them that they did something inappropriate," said Melissa Osborn, chief of operations at the Fairbanks airport.
Apple had promised to fix the problem after being notified of it by local law enforcement officials, but has not yet done so.
The airport has since closed the aircraft access route.
On the web: Alaska Dispatch