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Mike Anderson | USLHC | USA

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Back to Europe, and Flying Comfortably

After a short stay in the US, I have returned back to CERN.

I flew on a Boeing 767 for about 9 hours.  That was not a comfortable flight.  An Airbus A330 has much more leg room.  Also, on the Airbus, each seat has it’s own personal screen to select from a couple dozen movies and shows to watch, whenever you want.

The science of a nicer airline flight isn't so complicated.

Airplanes could be more comfortable, but there are things you can do yourself to make trips better.  The best thing I ever did to make all my flights more comfortable was to buy noise-canceling headphones.

I was skeptical of noise-canceling headphones at first.  I didn’t have any friends that owned a pair, and most stores don’t have them out in the open for you to test.  I did research on them, all the way from the basic physics of noise-canceling headphones, to actual reviews of headphones.

Basically, noise-canceling headphones reduce low frequencies the most.  That means engine noise, low rumbles, wind, etc are reduced considerably, but you’ll still be able to hear a baby cry, cat meow, or a phone ring.  (I hope you never have to sit next to a cat on a flight.  I love cats, but I’ve found they’re not so pleasant on airplanes.)

I’ve been using noise-canceling headphones for two years now on all my flights, and I can’t recommend them enough for people that fly a lot.

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4 Responses to “Back to Europe, and Flying Comfortably”

  1. Perrine says:

    Hi Mike

    Nice post! I have been wondering the same thing for a while and didn’t dare buying myself a pair. Would you recommend me a brand?

    cheers
    Perrine

  2. hibida says:

    Don’t hate on the 767. I have flown on 767′s before that had plenty of leg room and the individual screens on the back of the seats. It all depends on the airline.

    United Economy Plus seating is the way to go, if you have to fly an American carrier due to funding reasons (Stupid rules from the DOE). In general I try and always fly a European carrier that has a code share with united or american or whoever. The European carriers tend to have better transatlantic service.

    nice post and you make me want to get a pair of better headphones even more now!

  3. Federico Pahlen says:

    Hi,
    I was also thinking about these headphones. I actually use industrial headphones commuting on trains and subways and the difference is amazing, but the low frequences still come through.

    It would be nice if you could recoment at least some review on your headphones.

  4. Thanks for the responses. I suppose that’s true about the 767, it all really depends on the carrier and less on the plane itself.

    As for reviews of noise-canceling headphones, I’m probably not the best person to ask.

    I read the reviews at this site before buying mine:
    Best noise-cancelling headphones

    I have experienced that the more expensive ones do cancel more noise, but my budget was on the low end of the spectrum!

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