By: Destiny Mouawad, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
U.S commercial airline flights, Dubai’s Emirates Airlines, Air India, Japan Airlines and others had canceled flights due to AT&T’s and Verizon’s 5G network.
Airlines were concerned with the network’s frequencies interfering with their radio signals affecting navigational systems as well as radio altimeters.
Electrical engineering professor at New York University (NYU), Ted Rappaport noted that the technology industry has faced great changes nearly every 10 years, leading to the “…game changer…” network 5G.
United Airlines also iterated their concern by noting how more 15,000 flights, nearly 1.25 million individuals and tons of cargo could be affected annually.
Though AT & T has reported the implementation of 5G in nearly 40 countries without the intervention of airline operations they have agreed to stall installations by 2 weeks. Key airports announced a request to have the 5G set up at least 2 miles from runways.
While some of the minor airports have been approved for low visibility landings, certain airlines have shown concern for Boeing 777’s on whether or not they would be able to land safely to avoid, “…disruptions…’’ in passenger flights, cargo shipments and delivery of needed medical supplies.