Inflight Wi-Fi services proposed, says minister

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) The government on Tuesday said that a proposal has been moved for inflight Wi-Fi services to enable passengers to use voice and data services.

“The Department of Telecommunications has already moved a proposal for providing in-flight connectivity for voice, data and video-services for consideration of Committee of Secretaries,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha informed the Rajya Sabha.

The minister elaborated that the proposal for providing onboard Wi-Fi services involves amendment to provisions of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and the Indian Telegraph Rules.

“As of now, Wi-Fi Inflight Entertainment System (Transmitting – Portable Electronic Device) is independent system and is not connected to aircraft control systems,” Sinha said in a written reply to a question.

Currently, in-flight Wi-Fi services are allowed in many countries such as the US.