I have the inverse problem of Can I use regular headphones on transatlantic British Airways 747 flights?:

I'd like to use BA headphones (with a dual 3.5mm connector) with my own laptop during the flight, in stereo.

Is there a good solution for this?

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    Just curious, but why? Are the airline-provided headphones nice in some way? My experience on other airlines is that the provided headphones are of the cheapest possible kind, and you could almost certainly get better headphones (or earbuds) for less than the cost of the adapter. – Nate Eldredge Jan 14 '19 at 20:40
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    I find BA's headphones in business and first to be just fine, and don't want to carry my own just to use on the plane. (I travel with nothing but one fairly small carry-on bag.) – NPE Jan 14 '19 at 20:51
  • The answer on the other question suggests that the headphones in business and first use a single stereo 3.5mm plug, plus a separate 2.5mm plug for noise cancellation. You may be able to just plug the 3.5 mm plug directly into your laptop, if you can orient it so that the 2.5mm plug is not in the way. Or use a simple 3.5mm single stereo extension cable. – Nate Eldredge Jan 14 '19 at 21:10
  • BA still using dual plugs in Business and First classes ? – Max Jan 14 '19 at 21:15
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    I cannot answer specifically for BA, but yes, usually the 2,5 mm jack transports the power for the noise cancelling functionality. – dunni Jan 15 '19 at 0:33

This forum post says

I have used the BA headphones in my iPod, you just have to twist the jack so that only the larger jack plug goes into the iPod.


You can get an adapter for it. They are very small and work well.

Some airlines will provide you with noise-cancelling headphones with a normal plug though.

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    Nope, that's the two 2.5" mono plugs to 3.5" stereo plug, BA is different. Made you an album: imgur.com/a/i0G5vDC The two red rings on each plug on the photo of the headphone are very well visible and the size difference is also visible if you zoom in a bit, the adapter photo shows one ring per plug and the plugs are the same size. – chx Sep 19 '19 at 6:55
  • @chx maybe you could add a picture of the plug in your question? – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Sep 19 '19 at 22:15
  • Hrm? I did, it's right there. – chx Sep 20 '19 at 4:10
  • @chx ah, you didn't ask the question. – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Sep 20 '19 at 6:33

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