Fairbanks International Airport:
would like to apologize for all the fuss I created this week
when I drove my car on the airport runway. I am not a terrorist
and I was not trying to hijack a plane or blow up the airport. I
have a new Apple iPhone and was trying out the Apple maps
navigation app. All I wanted to do was return my rental car. How
was I supposed to know that nice, wide, concrete road was not
did notice that the other "cars" were much larger and
had wings, but I figured they were Hummers or some kind of
government defense vehicle. I saw the flashing lights, warning
signs, and concrete markers, but I thought those were for other
people, not me. I drove through the gate and no one stopped me.
I may make a suggestion, you really should put a security fence
around your airport if you donít want people driving on the
runways. May I remind you that I was not the only one to make
this mistake; another person did the very same thing only a few
weeks ago. As open and accessible as your runways are, it is a
wonder you donít have moose running all over them.
case you didn't know, a GPS leading someone astray is nothing
new. Other people have followed their deviceís instructions on
boat ramps into lakes, on railroad tracks, down stairs, into
deserts and to the edge of cliffs. At least I didn't cause a
crash or hurt anyone. It is a pretty scary thing when your
iPhone navigation system turns sinister and tries to throw you
under the bus Ė or in this case, under a 747.
not my fault. I was following directions. How was I to know that
the maps on my iPhone were not accurate? As much as I paid for
the darn thing, you would think that it would know what it is
doing. From now on, I will keep a 1956 Road Atlas in the glove
compartment and see if it can get me to the airport without
nearly killing me.
you ever made a wrong turn or somehow got on the wrong road?
Everyone has. It can easily happen, especially when it is dark
or the place is unfamiliar. Just take my word for it, though,
when you start meeting up with luggage carts, something is wrong
and you better get the heck out of there before an army of
security guards descends on you like locusts.
could always be worse, I suppose. You've heard about the three
ladies who were stranded in Death Valley for several days
because they took a side trip off the main road, thinking they
were okay because they had a GPS. By the time they figured out
that their stupid GPS was lost, the car was out of gas. They
were lucky to make it out alive.
more thing, Iím really glad that you notified Apple of the
problem with the iPhone maps. I also contacted their customer
service department and registered a complaint. I hear they have
disconnected that part of the system now so no one else will
follow its lousy instructions. I also heard that the airport put
up some barricades and closed off access from the taxiway. Itís
about time! Why didn't you do that in the first place?
this all I have to say about the matter. I had no idea I was
going to create an international incident and be on every news
site in the entire world just for taking a little short cut. The
entire thing has been very embarrassing for me.
may be certain that from now on I will trust my eyes instead of