An unresolved row between US cell phone communications companies and airlines over the rollout of a new 5G network continues to create confusion about the safety of air travel in the US.
AT&T and Verizon, America’s two largest mobile phone service providers, on Wednesday (19/1) began operating new wireless towers across America, making blazing-fast 5G spectrum available to their customers, particularly in the country’s most densely populated areas.
Until recently there was still a dispute between the communications company and the airline over whether or not the new service would be operated near the airport area.
This led to a number of international airlines, including British Airways, Lufthansa, All Nippon, Japan Airlines, and Emirates, announcing they were suspending some flights to America until the issue was resolved.
Emirates President Tim Clark described the situation as “absolutely irresponsible,” while speaking to CNN. By Thursday morning, most of the concerns about international flights had been resolved, but questions remained about the large air travel system in the US itself. [jm/em]