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Jet airliners and their limits

In the news coverage about the Air France diaster, it's mentioned that most airliners will either go around large thunderstorms or go above them in an effort to avoid them. But apparently due to the unique wind currents near the ITCZ near the Equator, the storms there are very large with some topping out near 60,000. Apparently airliners can't go that high. My question is why?

Is itdue to the thin nature of air that high?

Thanks!!!
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