5G Could Ground Planes and Cause Crisis

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Feb 21, 2022


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The executives of major American airlines warn of the potentially devastating consequences of deploying a new 5G service.

Warning of Impending Chaos

Major U.S. airlines warn of imminent crisis when AT&T and Verizon deploy their new, faster 5G wireless service. The cellphone providers roll out their new C-band 5G service on Wednesday after yielding to a 2-week stay in action. 

Initially, both wireless carriers had planned to set up the service on January 5th. But they backed down in the face of the impending threat of a legal standoff with aviation authorities. Now, major airlines warned of a “catastrophic” crisis they say could ground thousands of Americans.

“Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling and the shipping public will essentially be grounded,” wrote the CEOs of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and others in a letter.

“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,” the letter continued.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) previously warned of serious disruptions that it said could affect airplane equipment. That threat is very real now, despite the transportation agency’s attempts to allay fears.

The letter went to the White House National Economic Council, Transportation Secretary, the FAA, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“No Cause for Concern”

AT&T and Verizon agreed to buffer zones in 50-airports around the U.S to mitigate the risks of interference. 

The providers had also sought to calm concerns. They argued that the much-maligned 5G technology is already being used successfully in 40 other countries.


Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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