Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Indian travellers might just be able to use in-flight internet by August 2017

It was after the hijacking of an Indian Airlines flight from Delhi to Kathmandu in 1999 that the Ministry of Civil Aviation decided to ban the use of in-flight services for any and all aircrafts flying in the Indian airspace, for security reasons.
This rule has been applicable since, even for international flights entering the Indian airspace, besides of course domestic flights.
Things, however, are set to change, hopefully. We may finally be able to access internet services while flying, after the central government gives its permission to allow airlines to offer in-flight internet in a few months.
According to a report in the Times of India, the government is likely give an okay to in-flight internet by August-end this year. The report states that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation is awaiting clearance from the Department of Telecommunications. "Currently they (international airlines) have to switch off WiFi in the Indian airspace (where in-flight Internet is banned on security grounds)," said Lalit Gupta, joint DG, Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
06/06/17 Somya Abrol/India Today