Airlines resume flights in the United States as part of adjusted 5G rollout

Emirates planes will again land in the United States.

DFW Airport

Emirates will resume flights to the United States after concerns over 5G deployments scheduled for January 19 forced several international airlines 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.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it issued new approvals allowing about 78% of commercial planes in the United States to make low-visibility landings at airports affected by 5G rollouts from Verizon and AT&T.

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“The FAA is working diligently to determine which altimeters are reliable and accurate where 5G is deployed in the United States,” the FAA said in a statement Thursday. “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 where 5G is deployed, as the altimeter could provide information inaccurate.”

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 be “temporarily defer” the ignition of some of its 5G towers near the airport runways, a spokesperson said Tuesday, adding that the FAA “has not used the two years it has had to plan this deployment responsibly.”

“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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