That’s right. The plane was all boarded, flight attendants ready for taxi and takeoff, when suddenly the pilot announces that we’re going to be delayed for about an hour. The reason: his iPad broke, and as a result, he is unable to fly for the rest of the day, and we have to wait for a replacement pilot (with a functioning iPad) to show up.
I’m assuming this has something to do with pilots logging their Hours of Service via their iPads, but….seriously? I have an Hours Tracker App on my phone that I use for my freelance work, and all of the info I enter is backed up on the Cloud. If my iPhone breaks, I simply log in from any other electronic device and be up and running again.
One would think this issue could have been easily resolved by providing the pilot with a replacement iPad, kept on the aircraft for exactly this purpose. Alas, no.