Woman Climbs Airport Fence, Claims She Was Just Following Google Maps

Misusing Google Maps can lead to the most awkward, hilarious, and sometimes dangerous situations, so people stranded in the middle of nowhere have more or less become common cases.
The woman tried to climb the fence but eventually returned within the airport 19 photos
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However, a woman who tried to climb the fence of an international airport because that's where Google Maps told her to go certainly pushes the whole thing to a new level.

It happened in Bali, Indonesia, where a woman was recorded by a car passenger trying to climb the Ngurah Rai International Airport fence. The woman can be seen carrying nothing but a purse, struggling to jump over the 2.5-meter airport fence.

Oddly enough, the airport security did not notice the woman, so she tried to climb the fence unhindered despite the height clearly posing a major challenge.

The woman eventually gave up and returned to the airport, telling the staff she was just trying to find the exit. She was using Google Maps for directions, and this is where the navigation app directed her. The woman somehow believed the fence obstructed the route, so she wanted to jump it to reach the hotel. Online commenters claim the recording shows the woman going back to the airport after noticing that something might be wrong with the Google Maps navigation directions.

The airport security directed the woman to a pedestrian exit, with local authorities now putting additional verifications in place to make sure no other passengers end up struggling to climb the tall fence.

When used correctly, Google Maps is an amazing tool, but the tiniest error can turn an otherwise simple trip into a nightmare. While Google did not comment on the incident, so it's unclear if Google Maps indeed offered a route that was eventually blocked by a fence, users shouldn't by any means follow directions that look dangerous.

Google Maps users occasionally learn this lesson the hard way. Not long ago, the driver of a 33-tonne Amazon lorry used "regular" navigation software to find his destination, eventually following a route that was only suitable for standard vehicles. Google Maps lacks a truck mode, so its routing engine doesn't take into account critical information, such as vehicle dimensions and cargo size. The lorry driver got stuck on a narrow road, needing nearly half an hour to get out without damaging the historical buildings around them.

The woman who tried to climb the airport fence escaped unhurt and without a fine, claiming she feels embarrassed because she became an Internet celebrity. The airport staff is already erecting new signs to make it clearer for passengers which way they need to go to reach the pedestrian exit.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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