In an official notification, the central government has finally given the go-ahead to airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi service to fliers. Currently, only defence personnel can make use of this facility.
However, all devices using the in-flight Wi-Fi service will have to be put on airplane mode.
The Department of Telecommunications had recommended that internet services be permitted in the Indian airspace in 2018. Now with the new notification, in-flight connectivity has moved a step closer to becoming reality.
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Globally, as many as 30 airlines including AirAsia, British Airways, Egypt Air, Air France, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Virgin Atlantic already offer in-flight Wi-Fi service to passengers.
However, it has to be switched off once the aircraft enters Indian airspace. Once the new rules are enforced, this will no longer be needed. The facility is also likely to help airlines generate more revenue.