Even at the best of times, catching a flight can be a stressful experience. Be it the screaming children or the drunk holiday-goers, a packed cabin can often amount to more noise than the engines outside your window.
So, next time you check-in, make sure you pack some noise-cancelling headphones. That way, even if there is a toddler two rows in front throwing a tantrum, a particularly nasty spot of turbulence or an irate first-class flyer demanding a fourth free Bloody Mary, you’ll be safe in your personal, peaceful haven — even if you’re flying economy…
Hush the hustle and bustle with over-ear headphones
If you’ve got room in your carry-on, and want the best in both comfort and noise-cancelling, then an over-ear option is the only way to go. From Bose, these headphones boast direct access to Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can finalise your to-do list or check the weather upon touch-down without even consulting your phone.
Alternatively, Sennheiser promises that its offering in this heavyweight class can turn any journey into a ‘first class experience’ thanks to pioneering adaptive noise cancellation technology. Or, if you want something truly groundbreaking, Sony recently developed a new noise cancelling chip — which you can find working admirably in these WH-1000XM3 headphones.
Bose QuietComfort 35
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless
Quiet any commotion with these on-ear headphones
With all the benefits of an over-ear headphone, but packaged into a considerably smaller size, on-ear headphones are a great alternative for frequent flyers who like to travel light. And these, from Sennheiser, are perfect for any short haul hops — not only will they drown out any din, but their suede-covered cups and headband don’t cut any corners on comfort.
Sony, too, is on top of its on-ear game. With up to 80 hours of battery life, you can take all the flights you want with its offering to the market. Or, if you’re looking for incredible design and tech quirks — ‘transparency mode’ allows you to listen to ambient noise without taking this Danish pair off — then Bang & Olufsen is for you.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8i
Sennheiser Momentum on-ear wireless
Silence all sounds with these in-ear headphones
The ultimate in utility and portability, in-ear headphones offer you both the chance to slip a top gadget in your pocket, and also plug in and escape the world whenever you see fit. And, if you want ultimate control on how far you get away, turn to Bose — whose earphones allow you to tune your level of noise cancellation to your own preferences.
These Sony buds are impressive for another reason; their unique battery life lasts nine hours, and comes with a carry and charge case just in case you need to top up during the day. Or, designed for the ‘audiophiles’ on board your next flight, these Sennheisers are ideal for a crisp, clear — and uninterrupted — quality of sound.
Bose QuietControl 30
Sennheiser Momentum true wireless
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