Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways. Apple‘s app had directed users along the taxiway but did not specifically tell them to drive onto the runway.
The airport said it had first complained to the phone-maker three weeks ago via 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 had since been erected to block access to the final stretch of the taxiway and that they would not be removed until Apple had updated its directions. The BBC still experienced the issue when it tested the app early on Wednesday, asking for directions to the site from a property to the east of the airport.