The laws of physics are the same in the United States and France


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Just 24 hours before they were set to launch several 5G towers near major American airports, both AT&T and Verizon backed off their plans, the telecom giants announced on Tuesday. The reason? Potentially “catastrophic disruptions” to flights nationwide, according to the trade association for the top U.S. airlines…

Airline executives said on Monday that the telecoms’ promised measures just weren’t enough to prevent interference with aircraft sensors…

“We are frustrated by the FAA’s inability to do what nearly 40 countries have done, which is to safely deploy 5G technology without disrupting aviation services, and we urge it do so in a timely manner,” AT&T spokesperson spokesperson Megan Ketterer said in a statement.

Verizon echoed AT&T’s frustrations…

“The laws of physics are the same in the United States and France,” said AT&T CEO John Stankey and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg in a joint letter to Buttigieg and the FAA last week. “If U.S. airlines are permitted to operate flights every day in France, then the same operating conditions should allow them to do so in the United States.”

You’d think so, wouldn’t you.