Air India’s US flights affected by 5G rollout

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Hyderabad: A few flights of Air India to different destinations in the United States, including those from Hyderabad via Delhi, are being cancelled or rescheduled due to the rollout of 5G services in the US, which were reported to cause disruptions in flight operations.

On Wednesday, several irate passengers, who had reached the Hyderabad International Airport to proceed to Delhi and from there to Chicago, took to social media to complain that they were not informed well in advance and that their entire schedules were affected due to this.

Air India officials said they had issued an alert on Tuesday, informing passengers that due to deployment of 5G communications in USA, their operations to the USA from India ‘stand curtailed/revised with change in aircraft type from January 19’. An update in this regard would be informed shortly, the airlines had tweeted.

At 12-09 am on Wednesday, the airlines again tweeted, saying that due to deployment of the 5G communications in the US, they would not be able to operate some flights on Wednesday.

“Due to deployment of the 5G communications in USA, we will not be able to operate the following flights of 19th Jan’22: AI101/102 DEL/JFK/DEL AI173/174 DEL/SFO/DEL AI127/126 DEL/ORD/DEL AI191/144 BOM/EWR/BOM. Please standby for further updates,” it tweeted.

According to media reports, the US aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration, had warned that 5G interference could lead to problems with aircraft systems, especially those of the Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner while landing.

The cancellation and rescheduling has led to widespread anger, with many passengers missing the social media updates from the airliner with some saying they were stranded in the airport. With rescheduling happening, many were also seen raising questions to Air India on Twitter, asking what would happen to the RT-PCR reports that were time-bound and whether the airlines would reimburse the costs, including of that hotel stays for those who had no other option.

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