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How an iPad shut down a major airport

How an iPad shut down a major airport
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Most of have been so absorbed by a mobile device at some point that we've bumped into another person, or stumbled over something that could have been easily avoided. While those moments might have been embarrassing at the time, wait until you hear what some guy managed to do at Australia's Sydney Airport.

Keep in mind, there was no malice. He simply wasn't paying attention while he was walking.

It turns out, a man who had just deplaned in Sydney Airport was so captured by whatever was on his iPad screen, he accidentally walked through the security exit. The event was captured on camera and unnerved airport officials enough that they evacuated all passengers.

Apparently to the iPad zombie man, the exit passage he used to gain entry into the terminal was perfectly convenient. The thousands affected by his folly think differently.

Airport traveler frustration to the max

Fear is likely the first reaction you'd have if you were asked to evacuate your plane or terminal. How would you be feeling if you later found that your flight was terribly delayed and you would have to go through security again because some mobile device user guy wasn't paying attention?

Let the record show that there were many aggravated travelers an hour after mobile man rang the panic bell. By the way, here's a great app if you find yourself stuck at the airport. (Just don't walk around while you're looking at it.)

Since the chaos has been resolved, there have been no reports of any cost responsibility falling upon the gentleman's shoulders. We are only told that he left the airport without further harm being done - if that's some kind of consolation to those who were affected.

Unfortunately, what he was so interested in viewing on his iPad was never made public. And I am still wondering how Sydney Airport security was so lax that it didn't notice him as he entered the secured terminal area through the clearly marked exit.

There had to be at least one member of airport security and maybe even a few affected travelers who at least considered flying the iPad guy to the Grand Canyon. You know, just to see how his inattention would fare in that "terminal" environment. Oh, and if he starts using Google Street View, we could all be in trouble.

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