The new wireless Apple AirPods are pretty awesome, but they’re not exactly cheap. Fortunately for frequent fliers who want to experience the world of truly wireless earbuds, there’s good news: according to Apple, AirPods work great on planes.
However, there are some other things you should know before you try playing your favorite playlist over your iPhone during a flight. For example, it doesn’t matter how awesome you think a pair of AirPods might be – most airlines expressly prohibit them from being used during flights. In fact, many charge steep fees if passengers forget and use their personal electronic devices without permission – especially on international flights where the fines can be as high as $1 million per incident.
1- What are AirPods and how do they work?
Apple’s AirPods are small, wireless earbuds that look like the company’s iconic white EarPod headphones. They’ve got a nice sleek design and come with some pretty cool features. The best part about these earbuds is that they’re truly wireless – there’s no wire connecting the two together at all. This means you can easily tuck them inside your pocket or backpack without having to worry about any annoying wires getting in the way.
The setup process for AirPods is super simple too: once you take them out of their charging case, they’re instantly ready to pair up with any iOS device.
2- Can you use AirPods on planes?
Apple says that AirPods work great on planes, but if you ask the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it’s a different story. The FAA explicitly prohibits passengers from using electronic devices during flights – especially during takeoff and landing. And while airlines typically allow their customers to use smaller gadgets like smartphones and tablets at any point throughout a flight, AirPods are off-limits.
3- Is it safe to use the new AirPods during flights?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits passengers from using electronic devices during flights because they could become safety hazards if they malfunction. But what many people don’t know is that these personal electronic devices actually emit radio signals, despite being designed to be used in close proximity.
In other words, when you use your phone during a flight, the plane’s pilot could become confused if they’re using radio communications at the same time that passengers are using their electronic devices. Not only does this pose potential safety threats for everyone on board, but it can cause major interference with air traffic.
4- How much does it cost to use AirPods on a plane?
In addition to being prohibited from using personal electronic devices during flights, airlines also charge hefty fees if a passenger accidentally forgets and uses their device without permission. In fact, many carriers have a no-electronics policy in place for all international flights in order to minimize any potential safety risks. Even though passengers are allowed to use their gadgets at any point throughout a flight, they must request permission from the airline first. But it doesn’t stop there. If passengers are caught using their electronic devices without asking for permission, they could experience any number of consequences including being hit with hefty fines or even getting arrested.
5- Will the airline provides an adapter for my headphones or will I have to bring my own?
Finally, even though Apple’s AirPods are small enough to tuck away in your pocket or carry-on bag without any issues, airlines don’t allow passengers to use this type of personal electronic device during flights. Instead, they require all customers to use an approved headphone adapter that can fit securely into the plane’s audio jack. This is used to connect larger headphones like the ones that come with Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
6- Are there any restrictions with using them, such as volume limits or what type of music can be played?
Apple’s AirPods are designed to always deliver the highest sound quality, so you never have to worry about hearing loss or other safety issues. And even though each AirPod has its own built-in volume controls, passengers still can’t access this feature during flights because they would interfere with air traffic control communication systems.
7- When is the best time to charge them before flying – do they need a full charge before boarding a flight?
Apple’s AirPods come with a special portable charging case that can recharge the earbuds over and over again. Plus, since airlines always provide power outlets for customers to charge their mobile devices throughout flights, you could easily keep your AirPods recharged at all times if they’re inside the carry-on bag. However, every airline has its own charging rules, so be sure to check your carrier’s personal electronic device policy prior to boarding.
8- Is it allowed to use the AirPods during taxiing, take-off or landing?
Even though Apple’s AirPods are smaller than most traditional earbuds on the market, pilots could mistake them for a safety threat if they’re not properly aware of their design. This is why the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits passengers from using this type of personal electronic device during all phases of flight, including taxiing, take-off and landing.
Conclusion: To sum up, the Apple AirPods are tiny earbuds that can easily fit inside your pocket or carry-on bag, but you must never use them while boarding a flight even if they’re in their case. Instead, you should always ask for permission from the airline first. Afterward, it’s okay to keep them on you during the entire flight, even though you’re not allowed to use them. Plus, if you ever forget and end up using your AirPods without permission, expect a hefty fine or even get arrested.
However, there are also several other restrictions that every airline has in place when it comes to personal electronic devices onboard their aircraft including no air-to-ground telephony services, no moving map displays, no way to connect with the airplane’s onboard Wi-Fi, and so on. And for more details about which devices are allowed to use during flights.