Multiple flights to US suspended over 5G fears — Analysis
Many airlines are concerned that 5G deployments near airports might pose a threat to air traffic safety.
Emirates, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are just a few of the airlines that have had to cancel flights because 5G fears.
Following concerns over 5G’s deployment in the United States, airlines representing India, Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), suspended all flights from these airports.
Emirates, Air India and Japan Airlines cancelled flights from New York to Seattle and San Francisco.
Air India announced on Tuesday that it would no longer operate flights the next day to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport “due to deployment of the 5G communications in USA.”
Emirates cancelled flights to at most nine US cities on the same day. “due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the U.S,”Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines cancelled 13 or more flights.
The FAA and airlines have previously voiced concern about C-band5G disrupting radio altimeters, which are used to operate airplane instruments. So far, the US aviation body cleared less than a half of the nation’s commercial fleet for low-visibility landings at the airports potentially affected by 5G interference. International airlines were also seriously affected, with All Nippon Airways saying that while its Boeing 787 aircraft could operate under the new guidelines, 777’s could not.
In response to concerns, AT&T and Verizon postponed the Wednesday rollout of 5G service near some airports, but not all.
Airlines For America warned President Obama this week that American commerce could be disrupted. “grind to a halt”If the deployment wasn’t delayed “the vast majority of the traveling and shipping public will essentially be grounded.”
“This means that on a day like yesterday, more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be subjected to cancellations, diversions or delays,”According to the organisation.
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