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Will Apple AirPods work on a plane?

Or more importantly, can you use them?

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There’s something satisfying about the thought of using true wireless earbuds like Apple AirPods while flying in a plane. All the freedom of flight, coupled with the freedom of no wires to get caught by the arm of the person in the next seat.

That said, there’s a whole bunch of Federal Aviation Authority rules over device use while on an aircraft, so what’s the real deal with using your AirPods on a plane?

So will your Apple AirPods work on a plane?

  • Short answer: Yes

Yes, your expensive AirPods will work on a plane, and yes, you can use them while in the air. You’ll have to put your phone into Airplane Mode to turn off the cellular radio, then turn Bluetooth back on. That’ll keep you inside the FAA rules, while letting you listen to music.

If your flight has onboard Wi-Fi, you can connect to that too. The only thing you can’t do is make voice calls, even over WiFi,  thanks to FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones.

That’s all because, in 2013, the FAA relaxed its regulations on in-flight device use.

If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.

So the next time you fly, remember that you can use your Apple AirPods while in the air, or the terminal, or anywhere gate-to-gate as long as your phone is in Airplane Mode.

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