It’s unsurprising that there’s a lot of confusion surrounding what technology you can and can’t use while flying on a plane. After all, we are all told that we need to switch our phones and laptops off before we start taking to the sky. But where do some of our other devices come in? It’s common to see people wearing headphones while flying, but do we have to wear wired earphones and headphones, or is Bluetooth completely safe?
Let’s break down the facts and find out whether or not you’re safe to sync your Bluetooth headphones to your devices the next time you go abroad.
Can You Fly With Bluetooth Headphones?
In some cases, yes – and this is where things can get a bit confusing. Specific rules have been put in place in the UK, for example, where you are not allowed to use Bluetooth or wireless devices on planes beyond a specific size.
However, this rule is fairly relaxed. Some airlines suggest that, providing you’re not using a huge amount of wireless technology, there should be no risk to you syncing up during your flight. This means that even some smartphones and tablets are technically safe to use.
However, there are some larger headphones and units which are banned by specific airlines. Generally, if your headphones or units are bigger than the average phone, you probably won’t be allowed to use them.
What Should I Do to Prepare?
The general rule is that you should be fine – but that most devices will need to be turned off or switched to ‘airplane’ mode during take-off and landing. It’s thought that wireless tech can prove to be a distraction to essential plane running, meaning that powering up may be a safety risk.
However, most devices should come with an airplane mode as standard. More advanced wireless and Bluetooth headphones will have a mode that you can toggle on and off. It’s worth keeping these on if you are worrying.
The best thing you can do, however, is prepare by asking the airline team you are due to fly with. They will know best regarding their own airplane rules and regulations. You should contact an airline provider through social media or helpline with as much detail as you can regarding your device and your flight. Let a rep know how you intend to use your device, and they should soon put your mind at ease.
Do I Need to Worry?
No. The law is clearer now than ever before when it comes to using wireless and Bluetooth technology on planes. What’s more, airline staff will always make sure that passengers follow rules for safety before take-off.
Ultimately, you should be fine to wear Bluetooth headphones on a flight. If you’re really worrying, make sure you get in touch with the airline you’re flying with, or be sure to pack some wired headphones or earbuds instead. This way, you can be sure that you are keeping safe.
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