Do AirPods Work on a Plane? I Asked

Do AirPods Work on a Plane? I Asked

The last month of my life has been highly eventful.

After bagging my dream job as a sports manager, I have spent the last few weeks travelling around the country, meeting a ton of celebrities.

A few days ago, my boss told me that he needed me to travel to Australia to meet a client.

I was excited, but had never been on a plane for more than a few hours.

Intent on being prepared for the 16-hour flight, I was left with a single question, two days before I was supposed to go.

I wanted to know if I could use my Airpods Pro on the plane.

A simple search on the internet told me that whether or not I can use Airpods will depend on the specific policies of the Airline.

I decided to call up Apple, who were prompt in helping me out.

Later, I decided to get some more information about using Airpods on a plane, as well as their compatibility with in-flight entertainment systems.

Yes, Airpods work on planes, and are . Most Airlines do not have any policies restricting the use of Bluetooth devices on flights.

Airpods do work on Planes

Unlike phones, the signal from Bluetooth devices do not endanger planes in any way.

Hence, your Apple Airpods will work normally and can be used on a flight without any restrictions.

The Federal Aviation Authority has put no restrictions on the use of Bluetooth devices on flights.

Of course, the particular Airline can still invoke policies restricting the use of Airpods and other Bluetooth devices.

However, that is not the case, and none of the major domestic or international USA airlines have put any restrictions on the usage of Airpods during flights.

So, as long as you do not use cellular data, you can connect your Airpods to your device throughout the duration of the flight.

Using Airpods with entertainment system

Very few airlines have in-flight entertainment systems that can be connected to Bluetooth devices.

If your Airline is one of them, you can only use your Airpods with your own device.

As you do not have access to internet, you will only be able to watch and listen to content that you have already downloaded.

There is a simple workaround for this problem.

By buying a Bluetooth Adapter for your Airpods, you can easily connect them to the in-flight entertainment system using the physical jack.

Fly high with your Airpods

Airlines typically have no restrictions on the usage of Bluetooth devices, and some may even allow you to connect to the in-flight entertainment system.

My flight did not, and I had to download a plethora of content to entertain myself on the 16-hour flight.

You also have the option of buying a Bluetooth adapter in order to connect your Bluetooth earphones to the entertainment system.

Of course, most people might simply choose to download content in advance, rather than making the purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you safely wear Airpods?

Wearing Airpods continuously for more than 90 minutes at a time is not considered safe. If you want to use them for longer periods of times, it is advisable that you take 10-15 minute breaks after every 90 minutes.

Can you use Bluetooth on Airplane mode?

Yes, you do not use cellular network to use the Bluetooth feature on your devices. This means that you can connect to your Bluetooth device on a flight even when your phone is on Airplane mode.

How do I reset my Airpods?

Go to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings, tap the “i” icon next to your AirPods, and select “Forget This Device.” Wait for 30 seconds and press and hold the button on the back of the case until the light flashes yellow. When the light turns white, your AirPods are reset.

About the author

Maria Chan, or MC, as we call her, is the genius girl-boss who gave up on her cushy silicon-valley job to grind it out with us. Her undying pursuit of wanting Zeebox to the best makes it very clear that she has no interest in running a generic tech-site.

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