Can You Use AirPods On a Plane? And Which Airlines Allows AirPods?

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Can You Use AirPods On a Plane

Are you planning any travel by plane and wondering if AirPods are allowed inside the plane or not? In this post, we are going to answer this question in detail. 

Can You Use AirPods on a Plane?

The FAA known as Federal Aviation Administration has clarified on this matter and exempted the use of Airpods inside a Plane. Yes, you can use AirPods on a plane but there is a little twist that your cellular Data must be disabled.

As per the guidance, your Mobile must be on an Airplane mode while you are traveling via Air. Once you Turn on Airplane Mode on your phone, it will automatically turn off your mobile data, wifi, and Bluetooth. But while your phone is in flight-mode you can turn on the Bluetooth to connect any Bluetooth devices including AirPods.

As it’s clear that you can’t use mobile data, so you can only use AirPods with internal storage and media files.

Can We Use Noise Cancellation AirPods On a Plane?

Yes, you can use noise cancellation AirPods on the plane.

And even it’s advisable to use a noise cancellation AirPods as the cabin of the plane is quite noisy and loud which can create some disturbances while you are using regular Airpods.

The plane engine roars very loud and air resistance makes continuous noise which becomes very loud. So if your Airpods are not supported with a noise cancellation system it can create interferences in your music experience.

In such scenarios, you might end up increasing the volume of your device to its full capacity to listen to your audiobooks, film, or music which can damage your hearing.

Can We Connect AirPods to Inflight Entertainment System

There are some airlines that have upgraded their Inflight Entertainment system so that it can be connected to Bluetooth devices. So if the Airline to which you are traveling has the Inflight Entertainment system with Bluetooth capability then yes you can connect your AirPods to them.

But to be very clear most of the airlines use wire-based entertainment systems which can’t be connected to Bluetooth, so if you want to use their Inflight Entertainment System then you have to use their headsets. Or you can also use your own wired headset.

There is another option that can help you establish a Bluetooth connection to inflight entertainment systems. You can buy “An Airline Bluetooth Adapter” and plug it into the in-flight entertainment system. This will help you to connect Airpods via an adapter.

What Airlines Allows AirPods?

There are many Airlines that allow Airpods in planes but I have picked the most popular Airlines and their status.

  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • United Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Lufthansa
  • Air France
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Qantas Airlines
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines.

What Is the TSA? And Why Is It Important?

To use your AirPods inside the plane you must go through a security check which comes under TSA. TSA approves the entry of AirPods via checking In or in your carry bags but you don’t need to show it to TSA while walking through the security.

The only devices to be placed in the bin are a cell phone or any device bigger than a cell phone like tablets, Laptops, and other bigger gadgets.

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Mohit Sharma is a Chromecast and Troubleshooting expert. He writes detailed guides on Chromecast, as well as he also publishes troubleshooting guides for video games, streaming services, routers, etc. He has a Bechlor Degree in BA English Honours from the University Of Delhi, later in his career he did a certification course in Advanced App Development in Android Specialization, Introduction to Android Mobile Application Development, and Emerging Technologies: From Smartphones to IoT to Big Data Specialization.