ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A glitch in the Apple Maps app on newer iPhones and iPads guides people up to a runway at a major Alaska airport instead of sending them on the proper route to the terminal, an airport official said Wednesday.
The map actually stops at the tarmac, but twice this month, wayward drivers have continued across an active runway.
"It doesn't actually tell you to cross, but the problem is, people see the terminal then at that point, because they are right there, and they just continue across," said Fairbanks International Airport spokeswoman Angie Spear.
There were no injuries in either the Sept. 6 incident or the second one Friday, mainly because they both happened early in the morning, between flights.
"Obviously, it could have been a very, very, very dangerous situation had they come during a flight departure or arrival," Spear said.
That entrance to the taxiway has now been barricaded from traffic.
I have to ask: what the heck is wrong with these people? Mindless obedience to an electronic device ... ARRRRRGH! And we've all seen the stories about people who follow the GPS instructions right into the ocean, when driving off a ferry boat.
"Low-information voters" takes on a whole new level of meaning.
Oh well. Next time you run into one of these people, ask 'em for a large order of fries.