Remember the announcement made in August by Civil Aviation Secretary Rajeev Chaubey about expecting to see in-flight Wi-Fi “in the next 10 days”? Well, it looks like a distant dream now.
Reportedly, the central govt has yet again refused to allow passengers to use Wi-Fi services on flights, citing security concerns. As it stands today, any commercial aircraft, including international flights, is required to disable in-flight Wi-Fi access when flying over Indian airspace.
Globally, many airlines offer wi-fi to passengers, including those in China and other South Asian countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Even security experts believe wi-fi on an aircraft has nothing to do with national security, however, India for long has been averse to the idea, and it’s unlikely that might change anytime soon.