Can You Use AirPods on a Plane?

Can You Use AirPods on a Plane

AirPods are classed as a “Portable Electronic Devices” (PEDs), a list of electronic devices that have certain restrictions on their usage when you’re on a plane. PEDs are capable of transmitting and receiving signals, which means there’s a possibility that some of them could interfere with the airplane’s navigation system.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared in 2013 that it’s safe to use PEDs, that includes your AirPods, on a plane, but you have to make sure that you turn on airplane mode first to not cause any inconvenience to the pilots.

How to use AirPods on a plane

You can only use your AirPods on a plane after you’ve put your device on airplane mode because using cellular data on a plane can result in distortion in the airplane’s radios. Once you’ve turned on airplane mode, just turn on Bluetooth and start using your AirPods.

Here’s how you can turn on airplane mode on your iPhone:

  1. Swipe down from the right corner of the screen to open the Control Center.

    Opening the Control Center on the iPhone
    Open the Control Center.

  2. Tap the airplane mode icon in the connectivity panel at the top to turn it on.

    Enabling Airplane Mode to Use AirPods on a Plane
    Tap the airplane mode icon.

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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