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Airlines in the United States Warn of a ‘catastrophic’ Aviation Disaster as a Result of the New 5g Service.!latest Updates.

US airline executives have warned that the installation of a new 5G service might bring US business to a grinding halt by potentially grounding a large number of aircraft and “stranding tens of thousands of Americans abroad.”

A letter was sent Monday to White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel warned of an impending “catastrophic” aviation crisis.

Airlines in the United States Warn of a 'catastrophic' Aviation Disaster as a Result of the New 5g Service.!latest Updates.
Airlines in the United States Warn of a ‘catastrophic’ Aviation Disaster as a result of the New 5g Service.!latest Updates.

“Unless and until our key hubs are allowed to fly, the vast majority of the travelling and the shipping public will effectively be grounded,” the letter, signed by the CEOs of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Jet Blue, and UPS and FedEx, stated.

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They cautioned that future 5G technology on the C-Band could interfere with vital aviation sensors such as radio altimeters – which determine the distance between the ground and the bottom of the flying vessel – and have an effect on low-visibility operations.

“This means that on a day like yesterday, over 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be cancelled, diverted, or delayed,” the letter warns, adding a plea for immediate action.

“To put it bluntly, the economy will grind to a standstill,” the executives stated.

Airlines for America, the lobbying organisation that organised the letter, and government agencies could not be reached for comment immediately.

The group expressed gratitude to Buttigieg, Dickson, and Deese in a letter dated 4 January for “achieving an agreement with AT&T and Verizon to delay their planned 5G C-band deployment around certain airports by two weeks and commit to the recommended mitigations.”

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“Safety is and will always be the first concern of US airlines,” it stated. “We will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure the safe coexistence of new 5G services with aviation.”

AT&T and Verizon agreed as part of the agreement – dated 3 January – to establish buffer zones around 50 US airports to mitigate interference concerns and to take additional measures to mitigate potential interference for six months.

However, the agreement deferring wider adoption of the technology until 19 January is likely to expire. The airlines demanded that “5G be introduced throughout the country except inside around two miles (3.2 kilometres) of airport runways” at many major airports.

Airlines in the United States Warn of a 'catastrophic' Aviation Disaster as a Result of the New 5g Service.!latest Updates.
Airlines in the United States Warn of a ‘catastrophic’ Aviation Disaster as a result of the New 5g Service.!latest Updates.

“Immediate response is required to avoid substantial operational disruptions for airline passengers, shippers, the supply chain, and the delivery of critical medical supplies,” Reuters reported.

Additionally, it warned that flight limitations will not be restricted to instances of inclement weather.

“Numerous modern safety systems on aircraft will be declared inoperable, posing a significantly larger hazard than previously anticipated… Aircraft manufacturers have advised us that significant portions of the operating fleet may need to be grounded indefinitely.

grounded.”

The airlines asked for action to ensure that “5G is deployed except where towers are too close to airport runways until the FAA determines how this may be handled securely and without catastrophic interruption.”

The FAA announced on Sunday that it had authorised around 45 per cent of US commercial jets to land in low visibility at several airports where 5G C-band would be deployed beginning on Wednesday.

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The caution comes on the heels of prior warnings that the technology could also damage Medevac helicopters and aircraft used for hospital and rescue missions.

According to a Bloomberg investigation, 5G interference with rescue helicopter radio altimeters could result in the grounding of operations. While the 5G network will not necessarily disable the altimeter, it may cause it to provide erroneous readings.

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