Airline CEOs are calling for keeping 5G out of airports.
CEOs of several airlines warn that the implementation of 5g could cause serious disruption to their service and potentially leave thousands of travelers stranded. This is due to a recent FAA finding that 5g could cause interference with certain aircraft instruments.
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In a letter obtained and viewed by Fox Business, CEOs of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, FedEx, Jetblue, Southwest, United Airlines and others wrote that “immediate action to resolve 5G interference with (the) National Aviation System” is required be.
“We are writing with urgency to request that 5G be implemented throughout the country except within the approximately 2 miles of airport runways at affected airports, as defined by the FAA on January 19, 2022,” the letter reads. “This will allow 5G to be deployed while avoiding detrimental impacts on the airline industry, the traveling public, the supply chain, vaccine distribution, our workforce and the economy at large.”
It continued, “We are further asking the FAA to promptly identify the base stations closest to key airstrips that need to be addressed to ensure safety and provide disruption in a manner that is narrowly focused and.” is consistent with the agreement entered into on January 3, 2022. “
The letter is addressed to the Director of the National Economic Council, the Secretary of Transportation, the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission and the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
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The letter also said there could be significant disruption to both commercial air travelers and the shipping industry unless immediate action is taken.
According to the letter, 5G may disrupt radio altimeters that provide “critical safety information” for aircraft safety and navigation systems. Because of this problem, “huge swaths” of aircraft fleets may have to “remain grounded indefinitely.”
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The letter concludes with a request that 5G only be deployed in areas where the tower is not too close to the airport runway.