Fri Apr 21, 2000 11:57 am

What airlines make you pay for headsets to watch the inflight shows/movies? And why do they do this? I know Contiental Airlines doesn't, which is nice. I have read some trip reports that said they cost five dollars, do you get to keep the headsets? I know it is nice to watch something on a long flight, but shouldn't airlines be gracious enought not to make already pay pax pay for headsets, too???
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Fri Apr 21, 2000 12:12 pm

As a matter of course, most airlines charge about $5 for a headset on domestic flights, but provide them free on international flights. I think this has to do with defraying the costs the studios charge for showing the films. The reason they are free internationally is that the foreign carriers stopped charging for headsets about 10-12 years ago, and the US airlines followed suit in order to stay competitive.

I think Virgin are the only ones I know of who allow you to keep the headset. The Dutch airline Martinair has an interesting arrangement where you buy a headset from them for a few dollars, but are allowed to keep it for subsequent flights (they use a special non-standard plug to keep you from using the ones from your walkman).
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Fri Apr 21, 2000 1:14 pm

American's official policy is to charge, according to American Way, but they often don't. I haven't seen any pattern as to which flights they charge on and which they don't, but even if they charge, you can just use your walkman headset or free.
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Fri Apr 21, 2000 6:15 pm

I believe the cabin-crew have a freedom to decide if they charge for the headsets or not. I have been on a domestic United flight which departed 2 hours late, and they announced by PA that headsets were free today to compensate the trouble.
On the other hand, I was on a TWA-flight were the F.A. announced "If you don't buy a headset and then we catch you using your own headset, we will still charge you a $5 entertainment-fee."
Maybe the TWA-cabinstaff get half their salaries from the headsets-payments??  

Of course you can escape off a plane with headsets (tell the collecting FA's you didn't get them, or you dropped them on the ground and can't find them), and bring that one on board another flight (esp. when their system is non-walkman-compatible, a double-plug thing).
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Sat Apr 22, 2000 12:21 am

Headsets on Air Canada and Canadi>n are free regardless of whether the flight is international, transborder or domestic.
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Sat Apr 22, 2000 1:22 am

I had a flight on Delta about 3-4 years ago, where they charged $5 for the headset (this was from California to Florida nonstop, so no way was I going to go cold turkey)!
No one came by to pick the headset up at the end of the flight, nor did I see any act on the part of the FA's which even resembled collection of the headsets. So I kept it!
Of course, next Delta flight I had, I whipped out the headset and plugged it in. Scary Delta flight hag (sorry, it's the truth) came around and asked if I had paid my $5. I told her what had happened on the previous flight, and she scowled at me (imagine that!) She didn't make me pay again, but believe you me, she certainly came by and snatched it out of my hand at the end of the flight.

Nice Southern hospitality, Miss Scarlett.....(maybe that's what's wrong with Delta, in a nutshell).
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Sat Apr 22, 2000 1:30 am

I have read where American is going to start providing BOSE Noise Reducing headsets starting this summer. I bet Johnboy won't be walking off any American flight with one of those puppies in his bag!!!
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Sat Apr 22, 2000 3:31 am

I was recently on two United flights. On the first, we had to pay $5 for the headphone cords. On the second, the crew graciously waived the fee because we took off two hours late, so they were free.
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Sat Apr 22, 2000 6:01 am

Do Most Walkman Headphones fit in Headphone things on airplanes? I was wondering b/c It seems that it would be a lot less expensive (for me) and easier than having to wait for the f/a to come around and give them out.
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Sat Apr 22, 2000 6:49 am

Wannabe - American has introduced the Bose headsets in its first and business class cabins on American Flagship and International Flagship service flights. I don't think that this is going to be extended to the main cabin.

AmericanMD80 - American's planes all use walkman-type headset plugs. I think most airliners have them, although the United DC-10 I took to Hawaii last summer did not. The walkman-type sound so much better than the air tubes!
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Sun Apr 23, 2000 2:45 am

Purdue Arrow - Have you had the opporutnity to use the Bose headphones, and if so, are they effective in canceling out the aircraft noise?
(Kind of funny that the people who would need them most...back of the plane...don't get them)
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Sun Apr 23, 2000 3:38 am

I haven't gotten to use them yet, but I hope to next month. On my way home from the Dominican Republic, I'm planning an out-of-the-way trip that will let me fly JFK-LAX, so if First is available I can let you know after I get back how well they work. I would imagine they work well, because Bose also makes aviation headsets (as in for pilots) that do the same thing, and they are great.
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Sun Apr 23, 2000 1:14 pm

I know Virgin puts one in your bag of goodies which work great on the plane but are REALLY bad at home,

In 94 when I flew America West you bought a strange looking tube thing for a head set.

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