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Airlines Warn of ‘Catastrophic Disruptions’ in 5G Rollout

  • FAA restrictions would limit some flights landing near towers
  • Communications firms are set to deploy services this week
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A trade association representing major U.S. airlines asked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the nation’s top communications and aviation regulators to prevent wireless carriers from implementing 5G services close to airports.

Airlines for America warned in a letter Monday that the traveling and shipping public could see “catastrophic disruptions” if the new C-band frequencies were put into service within two miles of where aircraft fly. The association said it was willing to work with the government and carriers to find a mutually agreeable solution.