US Aviation Approves 5G Waivers to Avoid Flight Delays

US Aviation grants 5G
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As the first day of a new 5G service started with very minor flight disruptions, US aviation regulators obtained clearances for a popular Boeing Co. widebody plane to continue flying, Bloomberg reports.

According to two persons familiar with the situation, the FAA allowed the Boeing 777 at least partial authorization to continue flying on Wednesday, despite the business had previously told pilots not to fly to airports where 5G signals were present. They were not allowed to discuss the situation in public.

As a consequence of Boeing’s warning, Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. and ANA Holdings Inc., Japan’s two major airlines, canceled certain flights to the United States this week.

According to the FlightAware monitoring website, no American airport had more than 5% of its arrivals delayed as of midday ET.

In negotiations with the FAA on Tuesday, AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to additional restrictions on transmitting 5G wireless signals near U.S. airports. After again agreeing to postpone to minimize the impact on aviation, the businesses launched their new mobile phone service on Wednesday.

According to the FAA, the new 5G frequencies are near enough to those used by radar altimeters on hundreds of planes to cause interference.

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