Whether you want to tune out the roar of a jumbo jet or your seatmate’s animated conversation, best noise cancelling headphones for airplane can make long flights feel a lot more bearable. Thankfully, the technology has come a long way and the best pair can easily block out most ambient noise and allow you to focus on whatever audio you choose — whether it’s your favorite podcast or just the calming sounds of a rain forest.
Almost all of the headphones recommended by TFG readers have active noise cancellation, which relies on electronics to filter out the sounds you don’t want to hear and let the ones you do want through. Depending on the model, you’ll also find options that include a passive noise reduction feature to isolate your ears.
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Some of the best noise cancelling headphones for airplane feature Bluetooth wireless connectivity, which allows you to connect directly to your media device or the airplane’s built-in headphone jack. While many airplanes now have headphone ports, you may still need an adapter if your headphones don’t have one (and don’t forget to pack a portable power bank!).
This top-rated option from Bose is comfortable, looks great and has a long battery life. The Bluetooth 5.2 connection with AAC, SBC and LDAC codecs suits most devices, but you’ll likely encounter latency when watching video on Android phones (although a simple app-based equalizer should fix this). This headset has a detachable cable with 3.5mm jack that lets you plug directly into inflight media consoles, which can be a real lifesaver for those who don’t have an iOS device to hand.