US airlines claim 5G will cause ‘catastrophic disruption’ to planes

US airlines are confident that 5G signals will jam planes and cause ‘chaos’ (Getty)

Several US-based airlines have raised concerns about the potential for 5G signals to disrupt aviation equipment and ground planes.

In a letter to the White House, the bosses of airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines said they had worry about C-Band 5G network.

Citing interference from nearby cell towers for equipment in wide-body airliners, the letter says that the result can be ‘chaotic’.

The letter read: ‘Unless our main hubs are cleared for flight, the majority of public travel and transport will be grounded”.

‘Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruptions to passengers, shippers, supply chains and supplies of needed medical supplies.’

The letter, taken by Reuters, said the problem could ‘potentially affect tens of thousands of Americans abroad.’

It added: ‘To put it bluntly, the nation’s commerce will stagnate.’

The airline companies have said they want telecom networks like AT&T and Verizon to avoid activating any 5G cell towers within two miles of the airport to avoid ‘catastrophic disruption’ to flights.

They worry that the ‘C-Band’ spectrum used to carry 5G signals could affect electronic devices, like altimeters, which rely on frequencies between 4.2 and 4.4GHz to work.

The letter reads: ‘Many modern aircraft safety systems will be deemed unusable, causing a much bigger problem than we know.’

‘Aircraft manufacturers have informed us that there are many active fleets that may need to ground indefinitely.’

Airlines want 5G-enabled cell towers anywhere within two miles of an airport (Getty)

In the UK, the Civil Aviation Authority has dismissed any concerns that 5G could affect equipment on board.

‘There have been no reports of aircraft system failures affected by 5G transmissions in UK airspace, but we are still working with Ofcom and the Department of Defense to ensure that the 5G rollout in the UK did not cause any technical problems for the aircraft ,’ confirmed CAA.

Meanwhile, the trade association for UK mobile network operators, Mobile UK, also said the concerns were unfounded.

It turns out that C-Band 5G has been operating in many countries around the world without adversely affecting air travel.

“UK mobile operators follow all health and safety guidelines and are involved in a variety of industries when it comes to interventions,” said Gareth Elliott, Director of Policy and Communications. informed at Mobile UK said.

‘Mobile operators are actively working with aviation authorities to ensure there is no interference in the UK.’

Ofcom added: ‘We know that the aviation sector is looking at this; we have done our own technical analysis and still haven’t seen any evidence to worry us. ‘

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