Are noise cancelling headphones allowed for domestic travel on United flights? I am specifically wondering about these ones.

  • That's the primary use case for noise cancelling headphones and how they came to be so popular. So yes, they are allowed.
    – Hilmar
    Dec 16, 2017 at 19:35

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Certainly. Headphones of all types are extremely common carry-on items, including noise cancelling models. They are permitted.

United's electronic device policy not only doesn't prohibit headphones; it recommends them:

As a courtesy to other travelers, please use headphones when listening to any device.

  • Also, it's worth mentioning that on aircraft equipped with entertainment, United uses standard 3.5mm headphone jacks, so you should not need an adapter to plug your own headphones in.
    – gparyani
    Dec 16, 2017 at 10:54
  • In some countries (e.g. Canada) you couldn't use these headphones until cruising altitude is reached, and only until about mid-descent. During ascent and descent, Canada only allows in-ear bud-style headphones connected to the aircraft's entertainment system. Once at cruising altitude, of course, you'd be fine. The US seems more relaxed about this. Dec 16, 2017 at 15:08

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