Emirates Suspended All Flights to U.S. Because of 5G

The airline from Dubai, Emirates announced the airline would stop the flight routes to a number of cities in the United States (US), regarding fears of 5G signal disorders.

“Because of operational concerns related to the plan to spread 5G cellular network services in the US,” said official information, from Emirates

A number of emirates flight routes are suspended include the destination of Boston City, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, and Seattle.

While Emirates flights to the Destination JFK New York, Los Angeles International Airport and Dulles Washington DC International Airport, continued to operate as usual.

“We are working with aircraft manufacturers and local authorities to alleviate operational issues, and we hope to continue our services in the US as soon as possible,” Emirates’s statement.

In addition to Emirates, other airlines that have now announced to stop while some US purpose routes are Japanese airlines, Japan Air Lines, and Indian water airlines.
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Previously, the aviation industry in the United States (US) expressed their concerns of 5G signals, which were considered to interfere with the radio altimeter radar on the plane.

US plans to hold a 5G network on January 5, 2022, which uses the C-band frequency, which is frequency that operates between 4 GHz to 8 GHz, precisely at 3.7 GHz – 3.98 GHz frequency.

While the aircraft altimeter radio works in a frequency of 4.2-4.4 GHz, which intersects with a 5G C-band frequency band (Indonesia currently only uses 2.3 GHz radio tape for 5G).

Altimeter radio itself plays an important role in the takeoff phase and landing. The aircraft computer will provide altitude warnings in certain intervals, for example 1,000 feet, 500 feet, 100 feet, 50 feet, and so on.

Aviation industry players are worried if the aircraft altimeter radio frequency is intersecting with a 5G signal, then it will be feared that it will provide a reading of the wrong plane height.

It is also feared to affect the Autoland system (automatic landing), both installed at airports and on the plane. Until now, US aviation authorities (FAA) and cellular committees in the US (FCC) are looking for a middle way for this condition.

Two US cellular operators will commercialize their 5G services, namely AT&T and Verizon, have agreed to delay the commercialization of 5G for two weeks, starting from January 5.

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