An Alaskan airport has had to close an aircraft access route due to a flaw within Apple’s Maps application. Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks, two drivers had indadvertedly driven across the taxiway and one of the airports runways whilst following directions on Apple Maps. Apple Maps itself does not direct people to drive onto the airport runway but does direct drivers across the taxiway.
Fairbanks International Airport said that it had complained to Apple via the local attorney general’s office.
The airport said it had complained to the phone-maker through the local attorney general’s office. “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. She added that barricades have since been added to block access to the route and that the barricades would not be removed until Apple issues an update.
The airport said that it was told that the problem would be fixed by Wednesday. However, the BBC tested the issue and still experienced the issue. Users of Google Maps were told to take a longer route which takes them to the car park.
The airport said it had been told the problem would be fixed by Wednesday. However the BBC still experienced the issue when it tested the app, asking for directions to the site from a property to the east of the airport.
Source – BBC News