Aviation, Tech Experts Agree FAA, FCC Dropped the Ball on 5G Rollout

Some foreign airlines are canceling flights into the U.S. over the messy rollout of 5G networks near our nation's airports.

The concern is whether 5G will interfere with an airplane's altimeter used to navigate during bad weather.

AT&T and Verizon delayed the rollout near major U.S. airports, for now.

President Joe Biden says he pushed for the two companies to abide by what airlines were asking, but at the end of the day, the issue is between private companies.

Former commercial pilot Josh Verde blames the FAA and FCC, which have known about the 5G rollout for years.

"The frustration of the wireless companies is warranted because this is something that everyone knew about for a long time," he says.

"For the problem to sort of accrue all of a sudden right before the rollout seems unfair to everyone involved."

Tech industry analyst Bob O'Donnell agrees. He says similar 5G is already installed in more than three dozen other countries.

"The exact same planes that are being used here in the U.S. and going to those countries, landing and taking off without any issues whatsoever," he says.

"The technical issues are not valid. It's really more of a political problem."

The FAA now says its working with AT&T and Verizon to

"Why weren't they doing that for the last few years? Why weren't they doing that all this time in order to determine whether or not there is interference? Why is it that they waited until now to start that process?" asks Verde.

"This appears to be a tremendous dropping of the ball, if you will, by federal government agencies."

Airport waiting room, flying plane

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