Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Indian Government not keen to allow Wi-Fi onboard flights anytime soon

While the rest of the world moves towards making Wi-Fi service standard on flights, India continues to prohibit passengers from using the service on flights operating in its airspace.

Even though authorities have been promising flyers Wi-Fi access onboard flights for a while now, the promise has not been fulfilled as the Indian government continues to ban the service on flights citing security reasons.

Back in August, the Indian government said that it was contemplating on allowing the use of Wi-Fi facilities on flights in the Indian airspace. Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey had even said that the decision was likely in as little as ten days.

Months passed, but there was no progress on that front.

Later, in November, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha informed the Rajya Sabha that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) moved a proposal to enable use of voice and video services through Wi-Fi onboard. The proposal for providing onboard Wi-Fi services involves amending the provisions under the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and Indian Telegraph Rules.
13/12/16 Local Press Co
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