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.

4 thoughts on “The laws of physics are the same in the United States and France

  1. CFIT says:

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s fight against AT&T’s and Verizon’s new 5G deployment appears to be coming to a temporary close, with the FAA having cleared about 78 percent of US planes for landing in low-visibility conditions. Airline CEOs are striking an upbeat tone, with one saying the process of ensuring that airplane altimeters work in 5G areas is “really not that complicated.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/01/airline-ceos-make-u-turn-now-say-5g-isnt-a-big-problem-for-altimeters/
    (FAA Statement on 5G): “The FAA is working diligently to determine which altimeters are reliable and accurate where 5G is deployed in the United States. We anticipate some altimeters will be too susceptible to 5G interference. To preserve safety, aircraft with those altimeters will be prohibited from performing low-visibility landings where 5G is deployed because the altimeter could provide inaccurate information.
    Passengers should check with their airlines for latest flight schedules.” https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-statements-5g

  2. healthcrazego says:

    I suppose the laws of physics might be the same, yet is it the same physics environment? Temperatures are different, noise levels might be different, emissions might be different, etc. So while the general laws are the same, a lot of variables are different.

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