Indian Aeroplanes will not have in-flight wifi at least for a while, as government continues to have security concerns.
Back in August, aviation secretary R.N. Choubey announced that Indian government will release some set of new rules to set for in-flight wifi services on all flights in Indian airspace. It’s almost two months down now, there is no word from government.
A report states that Indian government has put the decision on hold because of security concerns according to BloombergQuint (stated in Mashable). In-flight wifi is anticipated to bring lot of threats because it’s really difficult to track voice and data usage from the air. The security is so tight that even international flights flying in Indian airspace is required to turn off their internet services.
Earlier this month, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation told PTI (Press Trust of India) that they were studying the matter. Minister if state for civil aviation, Jayant Sinha said;
“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) 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 concerns from Indian government is pretty liable too. Indian government is cautious on internet services in Indian planes after the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane (IC- 814) on its way from Kathmandu to Delhi on December 24,1999, according to senior ministry officials.
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