News

iPhone app sends drivers to runway, causing tarmac trouble

iPhone app sends drivers to runway, causing tarmac trouble

TARMAC TROUBLE: This Sept. 20, 2013 image provided by the Fairbanks International Airport shows the barricaded entrance to a taxiway, at Float Pond Road blocking access to Taxiway B in Fairbanks, Alaska. A glitch in the Apple Maps app on newer iPhones and iPads guides people up to this runway at Fairbanks International Airport instead of the proper route to the terminal. Photo: Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An airport official says 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.

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 Angie Spear, a spokeswoman for Fairbanks International Airport.

There were no injuries in either the Sept. 6 incident or a second one last Friday, mainly because they both happened early in the morning, between flights.

Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., didn’t immediately return a message to The Associated Press but has since fixed the app.

To be fair, the drivers deserve some blame.

The maps stop at the runway, but the drivers continued about a mile through a gate, past warning lights, numerous signs and painted concrete markings saying not to proceed.

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Sunday Night Baseball on KPUG: Yanks complete sweep of Red Sox

Fresh
Courtesy of Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits, and Adam Warren took a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning on Sunday night to lead the New York Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

in Sports

NBA Playoffs: Warriors & Wiz both win Game 1

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr directs his team against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.

Warriors 101 Grizzlies 86 OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, and the Golden State…

in Sports

NHL Playoffs: Lightning & Blackhawks win big

Updated
A puck sits on the face-off dot during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C.

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

in Sports

AP Source: Warriors star Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry pumps his fist during the second half of the Golden State Warriors 106-101 win over the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game in Boston Sunday, March 1, 2015.

A person familiar with the decision says Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award.

in Sports

Mayweather defeats Pacquiao in decision

Mayweather via Twitter

Two judges favored Mayweather 116-112, while a third had it 118-110. The Associated Press scored it 115-113 for Mayweather.

Bellingham Traffic