Wi-Fi on flights allowed
Wi-Fi on domestic flights will now be allowed upon permission from the pilot-in-command and the gadget is to be used in flight mode, with the government finally notifying rules for this. The amended aircraft rules have been published by the government in the official gazette on 29 February 2020 and they skip the mention of allowing mobile communication, which was mentioned in the draft rules published by the government on August 14 last year.
- The pilot-in-command may permit the access of internet services by passengers on board an aircraft 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 in flight through Wi-Fi on board subject to procedures as specified in this behalf.
- The final rules notified say the pilot-in command may permit the use of cellular telephones by passengers of a flight “after the aircraft has landed and cleared active runway, except when the landing takes place in low visibility conditions as may be determined by the director general.”
- An additional explanation has been added in the new rules saying 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.
- The government in its latest notification has also said that it received no objections or suggestions from the public in respect of the draft rules.
- Wi-Fi is the name of a wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed Internet and network connections.
- A common misconception is that the term Wi-Fi is short for "wireless fidelity," however this is not the case. Wi-Fi is simply a trademarked phrase that means IEEE 802.11x.
- Wi-Fi networks have no physical wired connection between sender and receiver by using radio frequency (RF) technology -- a frequency within the electromagnetic spectrum associated with radio wave propagation.
- When an RF current is supplied to an antenna, an electromagnetic field is created that then is able to propagate through space. The cornerstone of any wireless network is an access point (AP).
- The primary job of an access point is to broadcast a wireless signal that computers can detect and "tune" into.
- In order to connect to an access point and join a wireless network, computers and devices must be equipped with wireless network adapters.