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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