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Old Fashioned Airline Headphones

Tue Oct 16, 2001 11:27 am

which airlines still use the really old fashioned headphones, where you can put your ear to the port and hear it? AA had it on the a300 i was on LHR-EWR (a minor digression i know but i liked that plane/flight!). There was also a slot for the good headphones though, which was what we used.

any others still using it?
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RE: Old Fashioned Airline Headphones

Tue Oct 16, 2001 11:31 am

UAL stills uses that same system! Good Observation!!!

RE: Old Fashioned Airline Headphones

Tue Oct 16, 2001 12:15 pm

As United's planes receive the new interiors along with new seats, the pneumatic headphones are being replaced with electronic ones. I flew in an A320 & 757 with the new seats, no pneumatic headphones or ports.
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RE: Old Fashioned Airline Headphones

Tue Oct 16, 2001 12:29 pm

Delta's 767 and 757 fleets have the pneumatic headphones. It's too bad, since their in-flight presentation is halfway decent and would only be enhanced by better sound quality.
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RE: Old Fashioned Airline Headphones

Tue Oct 16, 2001 2:10 pm

when i flew China Eastern to Shanghai last month on a MD-11....they still had those old headphones...which i haven't use for quite a longggggggggggg time....and i find it quite amusing when the f/a handed me the headphone...cos i didn't expect they would still be using them....

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RE: Old Fashioned Airline Headphones

Tue Oct 16, 2001 5:06 pm

Alitalia still use them on the A321, even in business class!
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RE: Old Fashioned Airline Headphones

Tue Oct 16, 2001 5:16 pm

Hawaiian also uses them on their Continental-leased DC-10s, since the electric headphones they were using on those planes had high failure rates.

I really don't like the pneumatic headsets, after a while they hurt my ears.

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RE: Old Fashioned Airline Headphones

Tue Oct 16, 2001 5:17 pm

The B737-300 of Ansett MK 1 i recently went on still had that beautiful 1990 velvet interior and the pneumatic headphones, i remember when i was little i used to blow through the two plugs at the end and it would make a whistling noise!!! lol!!

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