Air India, Emirates, Japan Airlines, and other airlines have cancelled flights to the United States due to fears about AT&T and Verizon’s 5G rollout. Popular US cities affected include San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando, Seattle, Miami, Newark, Houston, Chicago, and Boston. According to the airline companies, flights have been grounded until further notice.
Air India tweeted the following information: “Due to deployment of 5G communications in the USA, our operations to the USA from India stand curtailed/revised with change in aircraft type from 19th January 2022.”
Emirates likewise sent out a similar tweet informing passengers of the change in schedule. The airline informed that it will be “suspending flights to the following US destinations from January 19, 2022 until further notice.” Flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, and Seattle have been suspended by Emirates. Emirates, on the other hand, indicated that flights to JFK, LAX, and Washington DC will continue to operate.
Japan Airlines has also cancelled their flights to the US. The Boeing 777’s radio wave altimeter will be impacted by the 5G rollout, according to the company. As a result, it will cease operations in the United States.
The CEOs of major US airlines such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines have previously warned about the perils of the 5G rollout. According to the CEOs, the rollout of new 5G spectrum will create “catastrophic disruption” to flights across the country. The CEO stated in a letter that the 5G rollout will have an impact on commercial and cargo aircraft.
However, AT&T and Verizon have now decided to postpone the rollout in areas near airports. AT&T stated that the delay is only temporary and that it is entirely voluntary. The telecom business is currently collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “to provide further information about our 5G deployment since they have not utilised the two years they’ve had to responsibly plan for this deployment,” according to the company.
AFP quoted the telecom company as saying, “We are launching our advanced 5G services everywhere else as planned with the temporary exception of this limited number of towers.” Verizon also said that it has opted to limit its 5G network around airports on its own initiative.
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