Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6276 posts, RR: 30 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3908 times:
Remember those headsets that you would have that pluged into the arm rest, I have not seen them in use since 1991. How did they work? It was not an audio cable, but a hollow tube that plugged into the armrest. Was there a speaker in there that would put the sound through the tube? Why would you do it like that rather than just have a wired audio cord, like what we have now. I still see that old system on some NWA DC-9s, but it doesn't function. I always remember listening to that on TWA L1011s when I was a kid. If you listened long enough you would hear the stuff repeat, was there a cassette, 8-track, or dat? I remember once having a selection of air traffic control/cockpit audio. I don't remember which airline that was, I was very young. it would have been Ozark, TWA, United, or Frontier (the old one). I can't imagine anyone doing that anymore. Does anyone still use that type of system.
That was before WN was whipping efficiency into the other carriers. I used to fly AA LAX-DFW (usually 757's) a few times a year for college and I used to hope the plane was full enough (i.e. had more than 20 people on it) so that they wouldn't stick me in the last seat of first class (or maybe it was business - I still got coach treatment the Flight Attendents just didn't want to walk so far) If that didn't happen I was practically guaranteed a bank of 3 empty seats somewhere in coach. I don't remember ever listening to the music with out tube headphones, but it wouldn't have been hard in the days of 1/2 empty planes.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6276 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3760 times:
My dad was cheap and made sure we brought our own headsets with us. I bet nowadays they would get all worked up if you whipped out your own headset. I would not know because I always fly NWA domesticly and I am suprised we can still read a emergency card! ha ha. I do have a nice set of headphones from NWA world business class. I must say they sound good. Much better than the older tube variety, but I still like the classic stuff.
I believe that Delta had them on domestic flights until late 2003, when Delta changed to purchased headsets. On the 757 and 767-300 with the new refurbished interior, the holes for the old headsets have been covered up.
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SeeTheWorld From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3686 times:
Quoting FoxBravo (Reply 4): Sometimes you can hear the sound coming directly out of the armrests if the volume is turned up high enough.
LOL ... a blast from the past ... As a kid in the 1970s ... I would put my ear up to the armrest and turn the volume up to hear the music before they had passed out the earphones ... worked like a charm -- for a kid anyway.
Lredlefsen From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3624 times:
Quoting Falstaff (Thread starter): Remember those headsets that you would have that pluged into the arm rest, ... It was ... a hollow tube that plugged into the armrest.
Ooohh... those were headsets? I always thought they were meant to help you breathe if you got stuck in a smoking section... I'd always stick the plugs into my nose, and hold the other end low to the ground, where I could get to air that wasn't quite as smoky. No wonder people looked at me funny...
ToTheStars From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3509 times:
I flew for TWA and remember those headsets very well, we used to have to pick them up in bundles of ten and return them to the headset bag, they would be taken off at the next station to be "sanitized." Man those things hurt your ears after a while.