Keep a peaceful mind while flying — these headphones are perfect for flying

When you’re traveling on an airplane, there are all kinds of noises you cannot control. However, a good pair of noise-canceling headphones can block out those sounds to various degrees, making them great for planes. “Active noise canceling” technology, or ANC, refers to headphones that emit sounds that specifically cancel out certain unwanted sounds.

Pocket wonder

Apple’s AirPods Pro

Staff Favorite

Apple’s AirPods Pro slip easily into a pocket and connect to your iPhone seamlessly. Unlike previous AirPods, the AirPods Pro have a noise-canceling feature you can turn on, making them a perfect travel companion on your next flight.

$249 at Apple

$219 at Amazon

$230 at Best Buy

Luxurious choice

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

These special headphones offer three noise cancellation levels, a noise-rejecting microphone, built-in Alexa, and even audio-only AR (augmented reality.) Get 20 hours of battery life from a single charge. Want to spoil yourself when you travel? This is how you do it.

$299 at Amazon

$299 at Walmart

$299 at Best Buy

Beautifully designed

Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus True Wireless Earphones

These truly wireless earphones offer 40 hours of total playtime with the stainless steel charging case and include active noise cancelation. What’s not to love?

From $229 at Amazon

$300 at Best Buy

$299 at B&H

Secure freedom

Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones

Get superior sound, secure ear hooks, and nine hours of listening time (24 hours with the charging case) with these truly wireless earphones. Connect to any smartphone, as they are compatible with iOS and Android.

$200 at Amazon

$200 at Apple

$160 at Best Buy

Colorful choice

COWIN E7 PRO Wireless Headphones

While these active noise-canceling headphones come in a bunch of fun fashion colors, they are serious tech. Get 30 hours of wireless talk or playtime from a four-hour charge.

From $57 at Amazon

From $70 at Walmart

Relaxed fit

Urbanears Plattan 2 Bluetooth On-Ear Headphone

You can take multiple flights with the Urbanears Plattan 2, which offers 30 hours of entertainment between charges. Available in multiple colors, including red, black, indigo, and many more.

From $65 at Amazon

Passive noise isolating

Mpow Bluetooth Headphones

These headphones do not utilize active noise-canceling technology; rather, they passively block out noise. You can get up to 20 hours of play or talk time from a single charge when using them wirelessly.

From $30 at Amazon

From $40 at Walmart

Deep Bass

TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Charge these headphones for just five minutes to get two hours of play/talk time. You get up to 30 hours from a full charge. Enjoy your bass-driven Hi-Fi sound in peace.

From $50 at Amazon

Bargain true wireless

EarFun Free Pro Wireless Headphones

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good pair of wireless noise-canceling earbuds. Earfun Free Pro Wireless Headphones give you a lot of bang for the buck. The charging case charges via USB-C or wirelessly, and gives you up to 32 hours of listening on a single charge. The earbuds come with several sizes of ear tips so everyone can have a perfect fit.

$60 at Amazon

Ultimate headphones

Apple AirPods Max

While the price point may put this one out of reach for some, Apple undeniably knows sound. Get the ultimate personal listening experience with Apple’s AirPods Max, the high-fidelity wonder. Choose from a handful of color options.

$549 at Apple

$549 at Amazon

$549 at Best Buy


Urbanista Miami Wireless Over Ear Bluetooth Headphones

You’ll find Urbanista’s gorgeous Miami Wireless Over Ear Bluetooth Headphones right in the middle price range. The active noise canceling gives you a crisp audio experience on an airplane or anywhere. Get up to 50 hours of playtime. Choose from the stunning Teal Green shown here or an equally striking Ruby Red.

$150 at Amazon


Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones

You can’t go wrong with Sony’s popular premium over-ear headphones. The WH-1000XM4 gives you great sound, battery life, and comfort. The active noise canceling is top-notch. Choose from several neutral colors.

$278 at Amazon

$278 at Best Buy

$278 at Walmart

Which headphones are best for plane travel?

If you’re looking for something more compact and pocketable, I’d go for Apple’s AirPods Pro, especially if you’re already in Apple’s ecosystem. They “just work” beautifully. Turn on active noise cancellation for fully immersive sound, or put on transparency mode for important airplane announcements or conversation with your travel companions. Choose from the three different-sized ear tips included to ensure a perfect fit and comfort for the entire flight. For some other top options, check out our comparison between AirPods Pro, AirPods 2, and Powerbeats Pro.

No list of headphones could be complete without mentioning Apple’s AirPods Max. If they are in the budget, I’d highly recommend checking them out.

However, if you’re looking for something more bargain-friendly, you’ll enjoy the Earfun Free Pro Wireless Headphones. I brought these on a recent flight and watched several television shows without being disturbed by the sounds around me. The sound, battery life, features, and price are quite nice.

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