UNDATED (AP) — If you live near a major airport you might have to go without 5G service for the time being. AT&T and Verizon say they will postpone launching their new 5G wireless service near some airports — because of aviation concerns. The nation’s largest airlines fear the service could interfere with aircraft technology and cause flight disruptions. As a stopgap measure, AT&T will delay turning on 5G towers around runways at some airports and work with the Feds to resolve any issues that crop up. Verizon says it will launch its 5G network — but will voluntarily limit its service near airports. Airlines worry that 5G wireless may interfere with flight ops. During the two-week delay to launch the service near airports, the FAA will keep studying the issue.
Photo: FILE – A China Airlines cargo jet lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in New York. On Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, AT&T and Verizon said they will delay activating new 5G wireless service for two weeks following a request by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who cited the airline industry’s concern that the service could interfere with systems on planes. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)