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iPad App Crash Grounds Plane
By: Jessica Cherok
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It’s frustrating enough to have an iPad app crash when you're trying to change your My Idol's clothes, but it’s a whole different issue when that app’s crashing causes serious flight delays.

Such delays happened for American Airlines when the app the company uses for pilots to view flight plans crashed. The software apparently experienced a glitch, which kept pilots from being able to view the plans. As a result, the airline grounded several planes.

The affected app is called FliteDeck, made by a subsidiary of Boeing.

American Airlines switched from using paper flight plans to the iPad app in 2013 in order to save over a million dollars in fuel each year. Other airlines have also switched to using tablets in an effort to go paperless, as well as in an effort to equip crew with real-time information and updates.

In response to the planes being grounded, American Airlines said the following:
Some American Airlines flights experienced an issue with a software application on pilot iPads yesterday evening. In some cases, the flight had to return to the gate to access a wi-fi connection to fix the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers and we had them on the way to their destinations soon afterwards.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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