When AT&T and Verizon switch on their new 5G networks this week, it could be ‘catastrophic,’ airlines say.
The CEOs of airlines, including Delta, United and Southwest, again sounded the alarm just before the 5G switch-on.
“Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling public will essentially be grounded,” they wrote in a letter to the heads of the White House, FAA and Federal Communications Commission.
“Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers.”
The airlines called for a two-mile exclusion zone of the busiest airport hubs to avoid potential disruption to air traffic.
“This will allow 5G to be deployed while avoiding harmful impacts on the aviation industry.”
Planemakers Airbus and Boeing also recently raised fears about 5G.
C-band 5G signals can disrupt navigation systems, especially in bad weather or low visibility.
The FAA said it was establishing 5G buffer zones at 50 airports but airlines say more needs to be done.