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How The New 5G Technology Could Affect Air Travel

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The delayed 5G rollout earlier this week made national headlines, and local experts are hoping to educate the public about why this is important for Oklahomans.

5G is a new technology that brings faster internet services and better connections.

AT&T and Verizon were planning to roll out this technology this past Wednesday but instead delayed it because of concern from the FAA that some of the signals from the 5G towers could cause interference.

“When you go to the airport, a lot of us go to WIFI and do our business and emails and so on,” said OU-Tulsa professor Hazem Refai.

OU-Tulsa professor Dr. Hazem Refai said the biggest concern is that 5G would cause interference with the cockpit altitude controls of a plane.

Planes use a device called an altimeter to measure altitude based on the surrounding air pressure.

The 5G connection could disrupt the altimeter’s functions, creating a dangerous situation for passengers.

“It becomes a safety issue,” Refai…

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