- On longer flights, it’s common to show a movie, and you probably want to hear it well.
- On other flights, the plane may have on-board games or on-demand music.
- Of course, you may bring your own pre-recorded music to help get away.
- The largest benefit, though, is simply to help cancel out “airplane noise.”
Airplanes can be very loud — for example, engines, crying babies, or a snoring aisle-mate can all make a flight more stressful. Headphones are an important accessory to help you relax, tune out the sounds, and pass the time.
An a pinch, you can always put headphones on to avoid a chatty seatmate (you don’t even need to turn on music to silence your talkative neighbor).
[Ed's note: See all Gadling's posts about headphones here.]