MAC’s Advice for Neighbors with Television Signal Interference

While the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is not an organization responsible for television broadcast signals, the MAC often receives phone calls or inquiries from members of the community who are experiencing interference with their television signal reception when aircraft fly overhead.  The interference is called picture flutter.

Picture flutter may occur when broadcast signals are reflected off of large metal surfaces, such as trucks, buildings, airplanes, etc. The interference is caused when the broadcast signal, which is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), bounces off reflective surfaces before being received by the television antenna.

Problems with reception may be reported to the FCC, but before contacting the FCC it is recommended that affected persons attempt to troubleshoot possible solutions. Possible solutions for picture flutter involve the homeowner making adjustments to the position of the antenna, purchasing a highly directive television antenna, or using two identical television antennas stacked.

Consumers may report their experience with broadcast reception -- for radio, television, wire, satellite and cable -- to the FCC at or 1-888-225-5322 (1-888-CALL FCC).