The 10 largest airline companies of the USA warned that the 5G service, which is planned to be activated tomorrow, may cause a major crisis in the aviation industry.
In a joint letter to the American authorities, executives of American, Delta, United and Southwest airlines and cargo companies such as UPS and FedEx Express asked that the new 5G C band not be deployed near airports.
Company executives say that if this service is activated before major airports are ready for flights, there will be a “catastrophic” chaos and many wide-body aircraft will become unusable.
The letter emphasizes that as a result of this, tens of thousands of passengers will suffer and the supply chain will be disrupted.
The airline companies stated that the signals could affect the navigation systems of the aircraft and demanded that the 5G not be activated in areas within 3.2 kilometers of the major airport runways.
“IN ONE DAY 1000 CANCELLATION CAN BE CANCELED”
These companies argue that 5G poses a risk not only for the security system of aircraft, but also for situations where visibility is low, and states that up to a thousand flights can be canceled on a day when visibility is low.
Two of the country’s biggest phone companies, AT&T and Verizon, had previously rejected the government’s request for a 5G delay.
These companies announced on January 3 that they would create buffer zones near 50 airports and take measures to prevent signal interference for 6 months.
AT&T and Verizon say 5G C band is deployed in 40 countries without signal interference issues. These companies delayed the introduction of 5G for two weeks on January 5.
Boeing and Airbus, the world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers, also asked the US government to delay the transition to the new 5G technology.
Senior executives of the two companies wrote in a letter to US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg that “5G could negatively affect the safe operation of aircraft” and warned that 5G technology would “have a negative impact” on the aviation industry.