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Inflight Wi-Fi not yet, government cites security concerns

Passengers might have to wait longer for using Wi-Fi on flights in the country as the government on Thursday said there were a number of security issues that needed to be resolved in this regard.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2017 21:41 IST
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At present, Wi-Fi services and phone calls are not allowed on flights flying over Indian airspace.
At present, Wi-Fi services and phone calls are not allowed on flights flying over Indian airspace.(HT File/ Representational photo)

Passengers might have to wait longer for using Wi-Fi on board flights in the country as the government on Thursday said there were a number of security issues that needed to be resolved in this regard.

The department of telecommunications has moved a proposal for providing in-flight connectivity for voice, data and video services for consideration of the Committee of Secretaries.

At present, Wi-Fi services and phone calls are not allowed on flights flying over Indian airspace.

“Wi-Fi proposal is being studied right now. There are a number of security issues that have to be resolved and we also have to make sure it does not interfere with flight operations. Therefore, that matter is under study right now,” minister of state for aviation Jayant Sinha said on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi.

To allow Wi-Fi services on flights will require amendments to provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and related Indian Telegraph Rules.

“As of now, Wi-Fi in-flight entertainment system is an independent system and is not connected to aircraft control systems making it safe for aircraft operations,” the minister said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.