Passengers might have to wait longer for using Wi-Fi on board flights in the country as the government today said there are a number of security issues that need 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. Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online securityAlso Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
At present, Wi-Fi services and phone calls are not allowed on flights flying over the 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.
To allow Wi-Fi services on flights will require amendments to provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and related Indian Telegraph Rules. ALSO READ: Assocham urges government to give approval for in-flight Wi-Fi services
“As of now, Wi-Fi in-flight entertainment system (Transmitting — Portable Electronic Device) 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.
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