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In-flight usage of mobiles and laptops

Using computers and mobiles is set to get seamless in the future with the government planning to clear regulatory issues related to data services in flights. Civil aviation minister, Suresh Prabhu, on Saturday said , that the government was very keen to offer data services initially in flights in Indian airspace to give best class service to the people.

“We have been working with all regulatory issues to offer these services to our esteemed travellers as part of our mission to offer best possible world class services, on board to allow data service initially under in-flight connectivity,” Prabhu tweeted. The telecom department has asked for approval to the government to allow only data services initially in flights within Indian territorial boundaries. Under the proposed in-flight connectivity guidelines, both voice and data services would be provided to passengers on flights within the national boundaries. Air Asia, Air France, British Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic are among the 30 airlines that are already allowing mobile phone use on aircraft but not in Indian airspace. UNI

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