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Airlines request a 'immediate intervention' from the Biden administration regarding 5G



A request for "immediate intervention" was made on Wednesday by executives from the country's largest airlines in the planned rollout of 5G technology near major airports, warning of dire transportation and economic consequences if this was not done right away.


Representatives from ten airlines, according to a letter obtained by CNN, have urged the administration to further delay the rollout of the technology near airports where Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions will be implemented once the technology is activated. The aviation industry is concerned that 5G signals will interfere with aviation technology, such as the onboard radar altimeter, which is currently being developed.


There are "incalculable" ramifications for passenger and cargo operations, our workforce, and the broader economy, according to the executives who signed the letter. According to the president, "to put it bluntly, the nation's commerce will come to a complete halt."


Reuters first reported the letter


According to the letter, negotiations between airlines and the telecommunications industry are currently underway. Following an initial agreement on a January 5G rollout delay, carriers Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), which owns CNN parent company Time Warner (TWX), reached an agreement on a more limited airport-focused delay that ends this week.


"The vast majority of travelers and shippers will be effectively stranded unless and until our major hubs are given the green light to fly again. Approximately 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be cancelled, diverted, or delayed on a typical day as a result of this."


Verizon and AT&T declined to comment


The White House, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Aviation Administration were all addressed in the letter, which was written in English. Members of Airlines for America, which includes executives from Alaska Airlines (AAL), American Airlines (AAL), Atlas Air (AAWW), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways (JBLU), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and United Airlines, as well as airline operations at FedEx (FDX) and UPS (UPS), have signed on to the letter (UPS).


A number of commercial aircraft were given the go-ahead


Some of the restrictions on commercial aircraft that are set to take effect this week as a result of the deployment of new 5G technology are being eased by federal officials, according to reports.


After the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted approval for the use of two radar altimeters installed in certain Boeing (BA) and Airbus aircraft, many US commercial aircraft will now be able to land at low visibility at certain airports.


Just days before Wednesday's activation, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it had lifted restrictions on approximately 45 percent of the United States commercial aircraft fleet and that approximately 48 of the 88 impacted runways would be eligible for low-visibility landings. The Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, MD-10, and MD-11, as well as the Airbus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330, and A350, have all been approved, as have the Airbus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330, and A350.


In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration stated that "despite these new approvals, flights at certain airports may continue to be impacted." As part of its collaboration with manufacturers, the FAA is working to gain a better understanding of how radar altimeter data is used in other flight control systems.

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