From William Gallagher’s “Carriers agree to another 5G delay around US airports” posted Wednesday on AppleInsider:
AT&T and Verizon are to postpone rolling out 5G near certain airports in the US, following further complaints from airline CEOs.
As the CEOs of Delta, United, and other airlines claim that 5G expansion would ground planes and cause a “catastrophic” economic crisis, both AT&T and Verizon are to limit their planned rollout of the service.
According to BBC News, AT&T says it is “temporarily” halting the rollout at a “limited number of [cell] towers around certain airport runways.”
FOB Bartley Yee’s take:
Clusterf***. I do not understand how and why the aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and the FCC/telecoms have not simply and strictly tested the radio altimeter systems in the specific 5G band rich environment in tests or in real situations to determine if there really are any issues. As the telecoms have said, there’s been two years to evaluate this issue and determine what needed to be checked, verified and/or modified. The threats of airline disruptions are bullying tactics underlining the failure of the FAA and aircraft/instrumentation and airline companies to do their due diligence in determining if there is any validity to their vague claim that aircraft would be truly affected.
Meanwhile, the telecom claims that 5G is used already in other countries doesn’t quite ring true unless they’re using the exact or similar frequency spectrum bands that concern domestic flight systems.
My take: For many years, I’ve been turning off my iPhone’s airplane mode long before landing. Haven’t crashed a plane yet.