In a bid to go high-tech, as well as save on paper, American Airlines switched to Apple iPads for its pilots a couple of years back. But the thing with technology is a small glitch can bring down operations, and that is what happened earlier today. An iPad outage grounded a few dozen American Airlines flights and passengers were asked to exit. Also Read - Apple sued for allegedly violating patent related to iOS low-power mode
While the real reason behind the outage is unknown, American Airlines did acknowledge the technical glitch. In a tweet, the airlines said, “Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads.” As per 9To5Mac, the pilot’s iPads went blank, and they had to return to the gate to connect to Wi-Fi. The issue is said to be related to an update that was pushed to the pilots’ iPads a few days back.
@bjacaruso Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads. We’ll have info about your departure soon.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) April 29, 2015
Back in 2013, American Airlines switched to iPads in the cockpit, which essentially replaced the paper documents that needed to be filled by pilots and copilots.