Can You Use AirPods On A Plane? Airlines That Allow It

Anyone who’s ever traveled by air knows the importance of having the right accessories to make your flight comfortable. Among the items that come in handy are your trusted AirPods. Believe it or not, these little earbuds can do more than just play your favorite songs. They can be a traveler’s best companion. Let’s dive into the 12 best ways you can use AirPods on a plane and find out which airlines are AirPod-friendly.

1. In-Flight Entertainment

Not all airlines provide headphones, and even when they do, they may not be the best quality. Your AirPods can be a perfect substitute. Once you’re aboard and the seatbelt sign is off, you can connect your AirPods to your device and start enjoying your own collection of music, podcasts, audiobooks, or even offline Netflix shows.

In-Flight Entertainment


2. Noise Cancellation

To enable noise cancellation on your AirPods Pro:

  • Press and hold the stem of your AirPods Pro until you hear a chime.
  • This will enable noise cancellation, allowing you to enjoy your music or movie without ambient noise.

3. Use With In-Flight Wi-Fi

If the airline offers in-flight Wi-Fi:

  • Purchase access (usually through the in-flight entertainment system).
  • Connect your device to the Wi-Fi network.
  • Now you can make VoIP calls through WhatsApp, Skype, etc. using your AirPods.
Use With In-Flight Wi-Fi

4. Live Listen

With Live Listen, your iPhone or iPad becomes a remote microphone that sends sound to your AirPods. Here’s how to set it up:

  • Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
  • Add ‘Hearing’.
  • Now, when you open Control Center, you’ll see a new ‘Ear’ icon. Tap it, then select ‘Live Listen’.

5. Use With In-Flight Bluetooth

Airlines are increasingly offering Bluetooth connectivity. To connect:

  • After the seatbelt sign is off, put your device into pairing mode and then find the in-flight entertainment system in the list of available devices.
  • If you need a PIN, it’s often ‘0000’.

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