5G technology: Airlines suspend some US flights due to rollout issue
Emirates has announced that it will suspend flights to nine US airports: Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle. He said he would continue to fly to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Los Angeles Airport and Washington Dulles.
Air India has announced that it will suspend service between Delhi airport and San Francisco, Chicago and JFK. It will also suspend a Mumbai-Newark flight.
It will continue to fly to Dulles International Airport in Washington DC.
Both ANA and Japan Airlines have announced that they have canceled some flights to the United States that were to use Boeing 777s, but will instead operate some flights using Boeing 787s.
Transportation regulators were already concerned that the version of 5G due to be activated in January could interfere with some aircraft instruments, and many aviation industry groups shared those fears, despite assurances from federal telecom regulators and wireless operators.
Specifically, the Federal Aviation Administration has expressed concern that 5G cellular antennas near certain airports — and not air travellers’ mobile devices — could skew readings from certain aircraft equipment designed to tell pilots at what point. distance they are from the ground. These systems, known as radar altimeters, are used throughout a flight and are considered critical equipment. (Radar altimeters differ from standard altimeters, which rely on atmospheric pressure readings and do not use radio signals to measure altitude.)
“We are frustrated with the FAA’s failure to do what nearly 40 countries have done, which is to safely deploy 5G technology without disrupting aviation services, and we urge it to do so in a timely manner. “, said Megan Ketterer, spokeswoman for AT&T. .
In a Tuesday letter, the CEOs of 10 airlines asked the Biden administration to push back the already-delayed rollout. Airlines estimate there are 1,000 flight disruptions a day due to possible interference with radar altimeters that pilots use to land in low visibility conditions. The telecoms industry did not comment on the letter, but said the fears were unfounded as there were no issues in other countries where 5G is already being rolled out.