Major airlines warn 5G could cause ‘catastrophic’ disruptions
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AT&T and Verizon said Tuesday they will delay the rollout of 5G service near certain U.S. airports after major airlines warned that it would lead to flight cancellations and have a negative impact on cargo operations.
Among major carriers to push back, United Airlines said Monday that 15,000 flights and upward of 1.25 million passengers will be negatively impacted each year if the plan were implemented in its current form.
"Unfortunately, this will result in not only hundreds of thousands of flight cancellations and disruptions for customers across the industry in 2022, but also the suspension of cargo flights into these locations, causing a negative ripple-effect on an already fragile supply chain," United Airlines said in a statement.
In announcing its intention to delay the rollout, AT&T said in a statement on Tuesday, "At our sole discretion we have voluntarily agreed to temporarily defer turning on a limited number of towers around certain airport runways as we continue to work with the aviation industry and the FAA to provide further information about our 5G deployment," adding, "We are frustrated by the FAA’s inability to do what nearly 40 countries have done, which is to safely deploy 5G technology without disrupting aviation services."
"We are launching our advanced 5G services everywhere else as planned with the temporary exception of this limited number of towers," the company's statement continued.
Verizon also announced Tuesday it would limit its 5G network around airports.
"The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and our nation’s airlines have not been able to fully resolve navigating 5G around airports, despite it being safe and fully operational in more than 40 other countries."
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The service, scheduled to debut on Wednesday, comes after two previous delays from its originally planned December rollout amid concerns that it could interfere with systems on planes.