Airlines resume flights in the United States as FAA issues new guidelines

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the The US Federal Aviation Administration has issued new approvals for low visibility landings at airports impacted by 5G deployments.

Emirates will resume flights to the United States after concerns over 5G rollouts scheduled for January 19, 2022 forced several international airlines to cancel some flights. Emirates will resume flights to Chicago, Orlando, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle and Newark on Friday, and Houston, San Francisco and Boston on Saturday.

According to Cnet, the FAA said it issued new approvals allowing about 78% of commercial aircraft in the United States to make low-visibility landings at airports impacted by Verizon and AT&T’s 5G rollouts.

“The FAA is working diligently to determine which altimeters are reliable and accurate where 5G is deployed in the United States,” the FAA said. “We anticipate that some altimeters will be too sensitive to 5G interference. To maintain safety, aircraft equipped with these altimeters will be prohibited from making low visibility landings when 5G is deployed, as the altimeter may provide inaccurate information.

Emirates previously canceled flights to San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando, Seattle, Miami, Newark, Houston, Chicago and Boston “until further notice” due to planned 5G activation around those airports. Japan Airlines and ANA also canceled flights on Tuesday, but resumed them on Wednesday when the FAA issued approvals allowing some planes to make low-visibility landings.

The cancellations came after airlines warned on Monday of major travel disruptions if Wednesday’s planned 5G C-band launch goes ahead.

AT&T would “temporarily defer” turning on some of its 5G towers near airport runways, a spokesperson said Tuesday, adding that the FAA “didn’t use the two years it had to plan so responsible for this deployment”.

“We are frustrated with the FAA’s failure to do what nearly 40 countries have done, which is to safely deploy 5G technology without disrupting aviation services, and we urge it to do so in a timely manner. “, AT&T’s statement reads.

Verizon said it would also “voluntarily” limit its C-band 5G deployments around airports.

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