American Airlines flights experienced significant delays this evening after pilots’ iPads—which the airline uses to distribute flight plans and other information to the crew—abruptly crashed. “Several dozen” flights were affected by the outage, according to a spokesperson for the airline.
The Quartz headline reads:
An iPad glitch grounded several dozen American Airlines planes
I added the word “app” because I find it hard to believe this issue was caused by an iPad, especially when it happened to a number of different iPads. Seems to me this is a bug in an app, as opposed to a hardware fault.
Serious, no doubt, but the reporting on this seemed to point to Apple and the iPad, as opposed to the American Airlines team that built, tested, and accepted the app. My 2 cents.
Read the tweets in the article. The first one uses the words “issue with a software application”, but the rest use words like “iPad crashed”, “iPad shutdown glitch”, and “iPad crash”.