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Flights disrupted over US 5G confusion

WASHINGTON, January 19, 2022

Many airlines cancelled or rescheduled flights to the US on 5G deployment fears despite two US wireless carriers decision to delay switching on the powerful new telecom masts near key airports.
 
The decision, following protests from airlines about possible interference, came too late to avoid a ripple of cancellations, said a Reuters report.
 
Airlines across Asia and several in the Middle East and Europe said they were cancelling some flights or switching models, with much of the initial disruption hitting the Boeing 777.
 
Dubai's Emirates said it would suspend nine US routes, according to the Reuters report. 
 
Emirates President Tim Clark told CNN the carrier had not been aware of the extent of the problem until Tuesday and called it "one of the most delinquent, utterly irresponsible" episodes he had seen, a CNN reporter tweeted.
 
US airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have warned that the frequencies and transmission strength being deployed in the United States could interfere with the precise height readings needed for bad-weather landings on some jetliners.
 
European regulators say no risks have been found elsewhere.



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