Major US airlines are warning of an impending crisis with catastrophic consequences for aviation. In the middle of the week, the major mobile operators want to put their new 5G networks into operation. The US Air Traffic Control Authority (FAA) warns that radio-sensitive aircraft instruments could be disrupted. The 5G launch could render part of the aircraft fleet unusable and cause “chaos” among the airlines.
According to the airlines, immediate action is required to avoid significant operational disruptions for passengers, air cargo, industry or the delivery of medical goods. If the 5G network goes live as planned, more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers could be affected by cancellations, diversions or delays.
The mobile network operators have already postponed the 5G launch several times, and they have also set up buffer zones around 50 airports. They argue 5G has been successfully rolled out in about 40 other countries without any problems.