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This airline innovates headphones by embedding them into seats

This airline innovates headphones by embedding them into seats

Japan Airlines is introducing a groundbreaking feature for its passengers, revolutionizing the in-flight entertainment experience. The airline is currently testing innovative seats on its Airbus A350s, equipped with speakers embedded in the headrests.

This cutting-edge design eliminates the need for passengers to bring headphones on board, ushering in a new era of convenience for in-flight entertainment.

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The trial is a first in the aviation industry, and Japan Airlines aims to enhance the travel experience, starting with first and business-class passengers. One Mile at a Time’s Ben Schlappig, who experienced the new feature firsthand, shared his excitement about the technology. He explained that while passengers still have the option to use headphones, each seat comes with Bluetooth capability and an input for the plane’s phones.

The highlight of this innovative seating arrangement is the headrest speakers, allowing passengers to enjoy movies, TV shows, or music without the hassle of plugging in headphones. Schlappig mentioned the ability to “literally blast the audio for your preferred movie, TV show, or song, directly through your headrest.” However, he acknowledged that the audio quality may not be as rich as some might prefer, and the volume needs to be sufficient to overcome the plane’s engine noise.

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Despite potential concerns about a noisy cabin, the feature opens up a new dimension in communal in-flight entertainment. Passengers can simultaneously enjoy their preferred content through the headrest speakers, creating a unique and immersive atmosphere.

Interestingly, Emirates is set to follow suit, planning to introduce in-headrest speakers for its passengers, including those in economy class. This move suggests a broader trend in the airline industry towards enhancing the in-flight entertainment experience, eliminating the need for traditional headphones and embracing innovative audio solutions for all travelers.

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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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