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Can you use AirPods on in-flight TVs?

Want to watch the in-flight entertainment with your AirPods? We’ll show you how.

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Quick Answer: Yes, you can use AirPods on an airplane TV. You need the correct adapter to get everything sync’ed up, whether you’re flying JetBlue, Delta, United, or any other airline.

Apple AirPods are everywhere. So, seeing them on an airplane is definitely not out of the ordinary.

A long flight across the country or overseas usually leads to boredom. You can read, write, or enjoy a large catalog of movies and shows on an airline’s in-flight seat-back TVs.

You may be wondering how to connect AirPods to these in-flight entertainment systems, whether its to catch up on Game of Thrones or whatever collection of movies the flight is broadcasting.

person using an inflight entertainment system

Of course, to enjoy the entertainment, a traveler will have to use headphones. Either your own or buy some cheap ones provided by the airline.

What about those who have AirPods? After all, they do have exceptional sound quality and the ability to cancel out outside noise.

If you’ve ever flown, you know the drill: the engine hums in the background and there’s always someone chattering away.

Of course, having something that blocks all that noise is essential.

Can you use the AirPods on an airplane to watch the built-in TVs?

Answer: You can, but it requires extra equipment, like an AirPods airplane adapter.

The majority of airlines have a universal 3.5mm headphone jack. So, all you will have to do is purchase a Bluetooth adapter with a 3.5mm jack.

There are more than a few available on Amazon. One of the top-rated adapters is the fittingly named AirFlfy.

airfly inflight bluetooth adapter next to a passport and several pairs of headphones
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So how do you set up your AirPods and Airfly to an in-flight entertainment system? Surprisingly, it’s a pretty painless process. Here’s how to do it.

How to connect AirPods to a plane TV with AirFly

Push the button on the AirFly Bluetooth adapter, which will put the device into pairing mode.
Hold the rear button on the AirPods case to put them into pairing mode.
Pay attention to the lights on both the AirPods and the AirFly Bluetooth adapter – if it changes colors or stops flashing, that means they are paired.
Plug the AirFly Bluetooth adapter into the entertainment’s headphone jack and enjoy your flight.

There you have it – a quick and easy guide on using a 3.5mm Bluetooth adapter to use your AirPods with an in-flight entertainment system.

How to connect AirPods to Delta TV

To connect AirPods to Delta TV, start by ensuring your AirPods are in pairing mode. Then, navigate to the TV’s settings or menu and select the Bluetooth option. Locate and select your AirPods from the list of available devices. Once connected, enjoy your inflight entertainment wirelessly through your AirPods.

How to connect AirPods to JetBlue TV

To connect AirPods to JetBlue TV, you first need to put your AirPods in pairing mode. You can do this by opening the lid and pressing the button on the back of the case. Once your AirPods are ready to pair, navigate to Settings on the JetBlue TV screen and select the Bluetooth option. From there, you’ll see a list of available devices – choose your AirPods from this list. After confirming the connection, you’re all set to enjoy your JetBlue TV audio seamlessly through your AirPods.

Remember, you’ll probably want to snag one of the adapters before your flight because you might be hard-pressed finding them in an airport.

READ MORE: Will Apple AirPods work on a plane?

Word of the wise: keep the adapter charged. Also, if you plan on using AirPods for an entire flight, remember to keep them charged or else all of this was for nothing.

Connect Airpods To Airplane TV

To recap, to connect your AirPods to an airplane TV, first, ensure that the TV supports Bluetooth connectivity.

If the in-flight TV supports Bluetooth, open the AirPods case and put them into pairing mode by pressing the button on the back until the LED light starts flashing. Then, locate the TV’s Bluetooth settings and pair your AirPods.

Enjoy your in-flight entertainment wirelessly using your AirPods!

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