Indian air passengers now can enjoy internet facility through Wi-Fi on board when the devices are on airplane mode, announced the Civil Aviation ministry. In 2016, the Ministry of Civil Aviation banned in-flight Wi-Fi, but recently the restriction has been lifted by the department.
In a notification by Aviation Ministry on February 21, it said that “The Pilot-in-Command may permit the access of internet services by passengers on board an aircraft in flight, through Wi-Fi on board, when laptop, smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, e-reader or a point of sale device is used in flight mode or airplane mode.”
“Provided that the Director-General shall certify the aircraft for usage of internet service in-flight through Wi-Fi on board subject to the procedures as specified in this behalf,” it further read.
An official further explained for this rule, an aircraft, “shall be deemed to be in flight when all its external doors are closed following embarkation until the moment when any such door is opened for disembarkation.”
Earlier in 2018, the Indian government paved the way for passengers of air travel and sea voyage to use the internet and make calls with their mobile phones in Indian airspace. They also announced that the rules would soon come into effect.