Can 5G Really Bring Down an Airplane?

January 26, 2022

Earlier this week, hundreds more flights were abruptly canceled across the US. This time, however, the culprit wasn’t COVID-19 or winter weather; it was your new smartphone. As US carriers rolled out 5G networks across the country, the airline industry raised red flags about how the technology could interfere with sensitive navigation equipment.

Professor Henning Schulzrinne, an expert in wireless technology who previously served as chief technology officer for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), explains what exactly 5G is, why airlines are worried about it, and how industry and government can fix the situation.

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