the Major American Airlines They asked the US government 5G Signals Prohibited Within a radius of 3.2 kilometers (2 mi) around runways In airports, hours before the activation of this technology.
american airlines, The organization that represents the main carrier of passengers and goods, warned that if this does not happen, go tomorrow of the new 5G frequency bands in the US It will have catastrophic consequences. in the operations of commercial airlines in the country.
“The multiplier effect on both passenger and cargo transportation, our employees and the economy in general is simply incalculable,” the association said in a letter to several federal government representatives. “Frankly, the country’s trade will stop,” he added.
The companies have warned that new frequency bands from 3.7 to 3.8 gigahertz (GHz), the so-called C-band spectrum, which will give networks greater geographic range and faster signals, could cause many aircraft safety systems to become “unusable”.
In particular, airlines and aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing of the United States are concerned about the new 5G signals May interfere with aircraft wireless altimeterswhich measures the distance between the plane and the ground, As well as data systems They help the planes land.
To address these concerns, carriers AT&T and Verizon agreed this month to delay the launch of new 5G frequency bands by two weeks, until today.
The US Department of Transportation’s agreement with these companies provides for the establishment of up to 50 airports from areas where 5G signal interference will be mitigated for a period of six months, but the airlines emphasized in their letter that this would not prevent “restrictions on flights”.
Companies including American Airlines, United, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest have complained that the list of airports does not include the country’s busiest airports, which can cause “the vast majority of passengers and cargo.”
“On a day like yesterday (as there was a snow storm in the east of the country), over 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers will be affected They warned against cancellation, leakage or delay.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, for its English acronym) has announced that it estimates that twelve types of aircraft, 45% of the US fleet, will be able to land when visibility conditions are poor simply by 5G signals.
The agency plans to approve other types of aircraft in the coming days and estimates that this will allow 48 of the 88 airports most affected by new 5G bandwidth interference to operate, but acknowledged that there may still be flight disruptions in the country.
The airline’s letter, joined by logistics companies like FedEx and UPS, states that despite these FAA actions, “there are huge portions of the operating fleet that may have to be shut down indefinitely.”