Noise- canceling headphones are a must on a plane trip. You can find them in all shapes and sizes and price ranges. However, the Bose Quiet Comfort 20 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones are compact enough to fit into a purse or carry on luggage because they are earbuds and not the large over-the-ear type. As a result, if you are trying to sleep while using headphones to create white noise, they are much more comfortable. Bose provides multiple-sized rubber tips so you can find the ones which fit you best.
Despite their small size, they still have the sound quality for which Bose is famous. Even without using the noise canceling feature, the headphones deliver high-quality sound with good bass and treble quality. This Aware mode allows you to hear what’s around you including flight attendant instructions. At the switch of a button, you can activate the noise canceling feature and drown out a surprising amount of background noise.
The noise cancelling mode requires the headphones to be charged. Bose provides a USB charger. Bose advertises that the batteries will run for approximately 16 hours. They lasted for our whole flight to Australia so you should find sufficient battery life for most long flights.
You will need a headphone jack adaptor to connect to newer iPhones which only have lightening inputs. There is an inline/mic function that allows you to switch easily from music to phone mode.
Bose provides a compact carrying case that fits easily into your purse or carry-on and lets you keep all the accessories together. If you are looking for a more compact option to over-the-ear headphones, the Bose Quiet Comfort 20 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones are worth a listen.