Last updated: 11:22 AM ET, Wed April 29 2015

American Airlines Flights Delayed By iPad Software Glitch

Airlines & Airports | American Airlines | Rich Thomaselli | April 29, 2015

American Airlines Flights Delayed By iPad Software Glitch

Maybe this will quell all that talk about pilotless commercial flights. Because, let’s face it – even with the most advanced technology, glitch happens.

Several American Airlines flights were delayed on Tuesday night when an application on pilots’ iPads failed. The app is used for navigational reference to airport terminal layouts and replaces a 35-pound reference guide.

Pilots have been using an iPad at American since 2013, but this is the first known glitch.

"Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads," American Airlines said in a statement Tuesday night. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a WiFi connection to fix the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. We are working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible."

American said it was the fault of a third-party, not with Apple;s iPad or an Apple application.

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