Buzz Patterson, best known as the senior military aide who carried the "nuclear football" for former president Bill Clinton, went as far as describing 5G and its potential danger to airplanes as "total and utter insanity" during his appearance on Ann Vandersteel's show "Steel Truth" on Brighteon.TV.
"I think it's been affecting about 55 percent of our orderliness across the nation, internationally and domestically," said Patterson during the Jan. 18 episode of "Steel Truth."
Explaining the reason why, Patterson, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot and book author, said: "5G interferes with the backup radio navigation systems that have to follow you [during landing]. So you can't legally fly that approach in a 5G environment, on most airplanes in this country, because it messes up with the radar altimeter that actually senses where the ground is for the airplanes. So it's a deal. It's a big deal."
Patterson didn't hide his displeasure with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is mandated to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
"I don't know why the FAA has not worked this out with AT&T and T-Mobile, with everybody else, because this is a flying hazard, right? And especially if the weather is bad."
Patterson said there's no problem if there's good weather. "But if you're going to go into JFK in the middle of February when it's snowing and there's no visibility, you need those systems, and the 5G will interrupt those systems," he said.
"The commercial carriers have been talking about it [5G], and yet, nobody's doing anything. There are just crickets coming out of the FAA right now. This makes zero sense except for the fact that they always do exactly the opposite of what their chartered agency's mantra is."
The FAA, according to Patterson, is not prepared for this "5G thing."
"It's conduct unbecoming. It's dereliction of duty. You know it's just there, it's pure bureaucracy at its highest," said Patterson, who isn't alone in raising concerns about the 5G. (Related: 5G technology: A disaster waiting to happen.")
Reuters reported that the chief executives of major U.S. passenger and cargo airlines have warned of an impending aviation crisis as AT&T and Verizon deployed new 5G services.
They alleged the new C band 5G service that was recently rolled out rendered a significant number of aircraft unusable and disrupted four percent of daily flights.
To avoid further hassles, the FAA approved 90 percent of the nation’s commercial plane fleet to land when visibility is poor at airports where there is a risk of interference from 5G wireless signals
For their part, Verizon and AT&T contended that C band 5G has been deployed in about 40 other countries without aviation interference issues.
But to appease the protesters, they have agreed to buffer zones around 50 airports in the U.S. for six months to reduce interference risks. They also agreed to defer turning on some wireless towers near key airports.
There were, indeed, air service disruptions experienced this month. The Seattle Times reported that all the flights in and out of Paine Field in Everett, Washington were canceled Monday, Jan. 24, due to bad visibility and the risk of 5G interference.
Last week, regional planes trying to land at San Francisco International Airport were diverted in similar weather. The 5G airplane issue somewhat deflected attention from the opposition of many sectors to 5G because of the health threats it poses.
Doctors and scientists have warned that the electromagnetic radiation the 5G produces can lead to hearing and memory problems and even brain cancer. Right now, however, the focus is on 5G's threat on air travel.
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