Apple Maps Glitch Takes Drivers to Runway of International Airport

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Here's another reason why you shouldn't just blindly follow directions provided by your friendly neighborhood mapping service: An error on new iPhones and iPads directs drivers to a runway at a major international Alaskan airport.

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To be fair, the map actually stops at the tarmac. What's more, there's a gate, warning lights, and numerous signs saying not to proceed. But that didn't stop two people from driving their cars across an active runway earlier this month. Thankfully no one was injured, but it could have turned out far worse; this runway at the Fairbanks International Airport is quite active.

After the first incident on September 6, airport personnel attempted to contact the people at Apple Maps and their legal department. They also contacted the Attorney General's office and requested a total shutdown of the Apple Maps service for their area.

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Airport officials were led to believe that the issue would be resolved within the week — but then the second incident happened on September 20, prompting the airport to barricade the entrance to the runway.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued an apology for causing customers "frustration" while promising to improve the app's accuracy in the future.

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[Yahoo! News & Geek; Top image: Apple; runway image: AP]

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Spaceman_99
Spaceman_99

First of all - Who reviews an Airport on yelp? What do they review it on?

Secondly - I think having the maps service shut down is going overboard. Sure they should not have such a crappy map program in the first place. But it is not Apple's fault that these people have no common sense when the map is clearly sending them in the wrong direction. That is similar to banning all car drop-offs at a school because a few parents decided to go the wrong way in the bus only lane.