Bluetooth In-Flight Entertainment Is A Game Changer

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Photo: Bradley Brownell/Jalopnik

On United flight 694 from Denver, Colorado to Cleveland, Ohio this Wednesday, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my complimentary seatback in-flight entertainment offered integrated bluetooth connectivity. Oh sweet, now I can watch a film without using the terrible free cans on a string the airline calls earbuds. I popped my Sony WF-1000XM4s into connectivity mode, clicked the connect button, and I was flying high in Hollywood heaven.

I consider myself something of a cinephile, typically averaging about 150 movies watched per year. I like an in-flight movie. The screen is tiny, but it’s only a foot in front of my face. The seats are uncomfortable, but so are most movie theaters. The sound quality isn’t perfect, but it’s still a movie. Writers, actors, producers; artists, all of them. They’ve created entertainment for the enjoyment of all, and by golly I’m going to enjoy it. I am entertained. I am distracted from the crying babies, conversations, wind noise, turbulence, I am enthralled.

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If you’re not lucky enough to fly on a Bluetooth integrated plane, there are transmitters available that will allow you to use your wireless headphones in-flight, such as this one below from Amazon:

Bluetooth Wireless Transmitter: Amazon

Oh, I watched the new animated Spider-Man. It was pretty okay. A little long.

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