FAA and major airlines want 5G-free zones to avoid "catastrophic disruption"

Washington, DC - After a lot of back-and-forth between providers and representatives of the airline industry, 5G is set to roll out on Wednesday. But the FAA is worried that air travel in the US could break down due to disruptions from the new transmission technology.

Airports could keep flights going if they are in a 5G-free zone.
Airports could keep flights going if they are in a 5G-free zone.  © IMAGO / agefotostock, Panthermedia

The Federal Aviation Administration and major US airlines are still trying to make sure that air traffic can continue as usual without interference from the new 5G transmissions, which are scheduled to go live.

The major concern is that 5G, which is in a more efficient and less easily interfered with frequency range, could be too powerful and mess with the navigation tools in planes and air traffic control towers.

Reuters reported that CEOs of airlines American, Delta, United, and Southwest sent the FAA a letter and said:

"Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling and shipping public will essentially be grounded."

The FAA has already issued a list of airports that should have the 2-mile 5G-free zone because they generally have more fog and challenging weather conditions, like Seattle's SeaTac, or are major cargo hubs, like Indianapolis International.

AT&T and Verizon, which already postponed launching 5G across the nation, has offered to keep the power levels of transmission towers at lower levels, which could help to create the 5G-free zones the FAA and airlines are calling for around airports.

If you're curious about the upcoming 5G rollout, you can check out a free interactive map from Ookla, which also has a handy internet speed test.

Cover photo: IMAGO / agefotostock, Panthermedia

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