Several international airlines announced that flights to the U.S. would be canceled or suspended due to the launch of the 5G technology. Air India, Japan Airlines, Emirates, and All Nippon Airways were among them.
The airlines have expressed fears that the new technology will interfere with safety equipment that determine a plane’s altitude.
Following airline warnings that the 5G rollout may cause flight cancellations, the telecom industry was frustrated and argued that authorities and airlines have had years to prepare for 5G.
The telecom sector company’s comment came only hours after the Biden administration claimed it was in negotiations regarding the rollout of 5G, disagreement with telecom firms, government agencies, and airlines.
It was unclear whether AT&T and Verizon’s announcements would be enough to avoid causing flight cancellations on 11th January 2022. Few international airlines canceled flights to the U.S., while Delta Airlines said it was bracing for possible disruptions if inclement weather triggers some of the 5G rollout’s remaining flight limitations.
Late in the day, several major U.S. airlines and an airline trade association said they were still attempting to figure out the specifics of the delay in 5G implementation. Mr. Biden and the wireless providers did not announce how long the halt of 5G would last.
AT&T and Verizon did not indicate how many airports were affected by the 5G radar or how long the 5G implementation delays were expected to linger.
After several delays, the larger rollout of 5G, which provides far faster internet access than current cellular technology, was slated for 19th January.
In early January, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had struck an agreement with AT&T and Verizon that delayed the release of the new 5G service by two weeks and installation of additional security measures near airports. However, airline executives wrote to the government on Monday, claiming that the introduction of the service would cause so many problems in the airline industry that the nation’s trade would grind to a standstill. Mr. Biden also reiterated such cautionary remarks.
Mr. Biden praised the cellphone companies’ delay in a statement on Tuesday, saying, “This deal will avoid potentially disastrous delays to passenger services, cargo operations, and our economic recovery.” More than 90% of the planned 5G growth will go through as planned, and federal authorities will continue working with carriers, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to come up with a permanent and workable solution,” he added.
In response to a request from airline officials, AT&T and Verizon said they will not operate the new 5G service within two miles of select runways. According to AT&T, the Federal Aviation Administration would decide which runways required the protection in terms of radiation and transmission waves.
The White House and aviation regulators brainstormed to find a solution to a problem. The airlines have warned may create enormous disruption, causing the airlines to halt some of their fleets and cancel flights.
The new 5G service employs so-called C-band frequencies. These are near the premise of the airways used by radio altimeters, devices that estimate the altitude between planes and the ground. It is a significant expansion of the restricted use of the technology by U.S. wireless providers. When vision is low, this measurement is especially critical for pilots.
The 5G C-Band service tower is located near frequencies used by critical equipment on modern airplanes, and the F.A.A. has cautioned that it may interfere in the transmission waves with sensitive systems, such as radio altimeters.
On 17th January 2022 aviation CEOs pleaded with the Biden administration to intervene and stop the rollout, by writing to the White House, the chiefs of the FAA, the FCC, and the Transportation Department, threatening “economic devastation” if the rollout is not restricted to areas near airports. They claimed that radio altimeters are used in modern airplanes for a number of safety systems.
After the interference of President Biden, AT&T and Verizon, the telecom firms announced on 18th January 2022 that they will temporarily suspend the deployment of 5G service at towers near several U.S. airports.