Flying With Headphones
Flying with traditional headphones is easy. Although they may need to be screened separately at security, there are currently no restrictions to flying with earphones or headphones which are connected to your device by cable, and can be transported in either your hand luggage or hold luggage.
However, these items may be affected by an electronics ban, which sometimes come into effect at times of heightened security. Although details of the individual ban may vary, the rules commonly mean that items larger than a smartphone are not allowed in hand luggage. Make sure you check the airline and country rules at the time you are travelling, as this may change when you are travelling.
Bluetooth or Wireless Headphones
Headphones that are connected wirelessly to your device have different rules and regulations depending on which airline you are travelling. It is often the case, such as with British Airways and Virgin Airlines, that these items are often allowed to be used during the majority of the flight, but not during taxi, take-off and landing, where they must be switched off. However, with airlines such as Delta, there is currently no restriction on any headphone usage. Alternatively, for some airlines on certain routes, all electronics are requested to be turned off and stowed. Therefore, it is important to check the rules of the airline you are travelling with to see any restrictions they may have on Bluetooth or wireless headphones.
Sometimes you may have difficulties connecting the headphones to your device during the air. This is because you’re phone or tablet should already be in airplane mode, which will often automatically deactivate Bluetooth. Therefore, you will have to go into settings and activate Bluetooth mode without taking the whole thing out of airplane mode, before being able to connect it.