The 5G issue
In telecommunications, 5G is a fifth-generation technology for broadband cellular networks developed to deliver higher data speeds. Airline industry group Airlines for America (A4A) petitioned the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in early January to delay the initiation of 5G service at around 135 airports, citing concerns that 5G signals may interfere with sensitive aircraft instruments, particularly radio altimeters, aviation devices that measure plane height and support landing.
Wireless industry defends 5G
The wireless telecommunications industry has defended 5G technology, claiming it operates safely and without causing harmful interference to aviation operations. The technology has already been rolled out in nearly 40 countries around the world, including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland and New Zealand.
5G causes flight delays
Amid confusion, international airlines briefly cancelled flights to the U.S. Jan. 19, then resumed normal services following assurance from the Federal Aviation Administration that there were no issues with certain aircraft. The telecom companies have temporarily deferred the activation of a limited number of transmission towers around certain airport
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