India considers in-flight Wi-Fi

At present international airlines turn off their Wi-Fi when flying over Indian airspace
At present international airlines turn off their Wi-Fi service when flying over Indian airspace

Indian aviation regulators are considering plans to allow airlines to offer in-flight Wi-Fi services in the country’s airspace.

The Economic Times reported India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, as saying that the authorities are examining a proposal for the introduction of Wi-Fi services. But any decision is likely to depend of the resolution of perceived security threats.

“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is studying the matter to make sure that all considerations are adequately addressed, and as soon as that is done we will issue a statement,” the minister was quoted saying, adding that authorities “don’t have a timeline” for the project.

At present, Wi-Fi services and phone calls are not permitted on flights in Indian airspace for security reasons. This means that many international airlines have to switch off their Wi-Fi service when flying across the country.

If the new scheme is approved however, in-flight Wi-Fi would be available for domestic and international airlines operating in Indian airspace.

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