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HenryY May 2, 17 3:27 pm

Bose NR headphones AA business class? (Obsolete thread)
 
Flying AA 321T LAX to JFK and then 772 JFK to FCO.
I typically travel with my Bose noise canceling headphones but noticed that they give identical headphones in business class. For me noise cancelling headphones are a must when flying. I would love to free up some space in my carry on. Is there chance that they will not have them on the flights and I will be left without headphones?


This thread was dedicated to discussion of the Bose QC15 noise reduction headsets on select AA longhaul flights in First and Business classes, and is obsolete and closed.

As these Bose headsets have been removed out through the fleet and replaced with the newly introduced Bang & Olufsen H9i “Beoplay” headsets, there’s a new thread for further discussion, etc. relating to the B&O H9i “Beoplay” corded headset here: Bang & Olufsen H9i NR Headset Discussion, Issues (master thread)

The Wikipost includes information about the aircraft three prong plug and connections for those who bring their own.

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mobile19 May 2, 17 3:39 pm

Of all the flights I few in business both international and transcontinental including LAX to BOS, they provided the Bose QC15 headphones.

asf-07 May 2, 17 3:42 pm

I've always had the Bose ones provided (EDIT: only TATL/TPAC, no transcon experience). It prob wouldn't hurt to bring some earbuds as a backup pair, but I wouldn't bring QCs (taking up carry-on space) as a backup.

lobo411 May 2, 17 3:48 pm

I haven't flown in J on the LAX <> JFK 321T since last year, but I was disappointed that they didn't give out the headsets in either direction. Just the cheap crappo earbuds.

The headphones were given out in both directions on my onward TATL flights, though.

If it was me, I would hope for the best but plan for the worst by bringing earplugs (sleep through the domestic leg). I wouldn't lug headphones all over Europe on the off chance that the headsets might not be given out.

asf-07 May 2, 17 3:50 pm

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YtravelF May 2, 17 4:02 pm

They definitely have them in F on the 321T and in F/J on all TATL/TPAC flights.
Not sure about J on the 321T, though I'd be surprised if they didn't.

bse118 May 2, 17 4:04 pm

Be aware that - at least on the international flights (can't speak to the transcons, as I never fly those) - the FAs will collect the headphones at about 1 hour prior to landing.

flyerCO May 2, 17 4:25 pm


Originally Posted by bse118 (Post 28258651)
Be aware that - at least on the international flights (can't speak to the transcons, as I never fly those) - the FAs will collect the headphones at about 1 hour prior to landing.

Theu wake you though evem if youre using youre own. They dont understand that some have their own.

J/F on JFK-LAX/SFO and MIA/LAX should get them.

HofstraJet May 3, 17 3:01 am


Originally Posted by flyerCO (Post 28258751)
Theu wake you though evem if youre using youre own. They dont understand that some have their own.

J/F on JFK-LAX/SFO and MIA/LAX should get them.

I'd be really upset if they woke me to take the headphones, whether they were mine or theirs. It's not like I can go anywhere. They can collect them on approach. Unreal. :mad:

FWIW, J on the 77W MIA-LAX gets them. Never flew the 321T.

Dr. HFH May 3, 17 3:36 am


Originally Posted by bse118 (Post 28258651)
Be aware that - at least on the international flights (can't speak to the transcons, as I never fly those) - the FAs will collect the headphones at about 1 hour prior to landing.

One of the reasons I bought and bring my own. Ridiculous.

fotographer May 3, 17 5:56 am

I always bring my own, who knows where and when the ones on the plane are cleaned, and besides they always seem to take them away in my opinion way too early on landing

Head May 3, 17 6:02 am

Yep. Always picked up way to early. I take my own "monoprice" Noise Cancelling Head Phones for that reason. Be aware that you will need an adapter to use your own (at least on the 777) for the A/V system. Well... mine requires it but the Bose that most folks have may not.

profpeabody May 3, 17 6:49 am

I have my own headset I travel with so I don't use theirs. On a recent flight, they came around and collected the headsets at the end of the flight but evidently did not see the unopened set at my seat. They then announced as the doors opened that someone had failed to return their Bose and they needed them all before we deplaned - the implication being someone was trying to steal a set. The box was sitting out in the open, I had not even used them and they just failed to pick it up. It was embarrassing and very unpleasant.

Head May 3, 17 7:43 am


Originally Posted by profpeabody (Post 28260964)
I have my own headset I travel with so I don't use theirs. On a recent flight, they came around and collected the headsets at the end of the flight but evidently did not see the unopened set at my seat. They then announced as the doors opened that someone had failed to return their Bose and they needed them all before we deplaned - the implication being someone was trying to steal a set. The box was sitting out in the open, I had not even used them and they just failed to pick it up. It was embarrassing and very unpleasant.

On A recent HKG-DFW flight, I turned mine in before departure. Apparently the FAs didn't remember, and I was asked repeatedly for them when they went around collecting prior to landing. Worked out well, just needed to explain it to them a few times.

neo_781 May 3, 17 10:18 am


Originally Posted by HofstraJet (Post 28260374)
I'd be really upset if they woke me to take the headphones, whether they were mine or theirs. It's not like I can go anywhere. They can collect them on approach. Unreal. :mad:

FWIW, J on the 77W MIA-LAX gets them. Never flew the 321T.

Then prepare to be upset. They will collect them 1 hour before landing ... maybe 45 minutes if you are lucky.

Dr. HFH May 3, 17 10:32 am


Originally Posted by profpeabody (Post 28260964)
I have my own headset I travel with so I don't use theirs. On a recent flight, they came around and collected the headsets at the end of the flight but evidently did not see the unopened set at my seat. They then announced as the doors opened that someone had failed to return their Bose and they needed them all before we deplaned - the implication being someone was trying to steal a set. The box was sitting out in the open, I had not even used them and they just failed to pick it up. It was embarrassing and very unpleasant.

IIRC the legal implications of this are discussed in another FT thread somewhere.

Amazing that other airlines can do it, no? On CX F, headphones are at your seat before you board, and you just leave them there at the end of the flight.

DrewD May 3, 17 12:06 pm

I flew AA in J on the 77W in January LAX-HKG and return. I wasn't paying that much attention to the headphones at the time but in retrospect, have a few questions.

Are they really noise cancelling? I didn't feel the same obvious reduction in background noise and the pressure effect I experience with my own Bose NC ones.

If you you use your own, what type of adapter do you need? The female jack in the seat compartment has three holes in a triangle formation. I've never seen that on a regular pair of headphones.

controller1 May 3, 17 12:09 pm


Originally Posted by DrewD (Post 28262614)
If you you use your own, what type of adapter do you need? The female jack in the seat compartment has three holes in a triangle formation. I've never seen that on a regular pair of headphones.

It just appears to have three holes in a triangle formation. There is only one hole. The other two "holes" are actually screw heads.

BThumme May 3, 17 12:11 pm


Originally Posted by controller1 (Post 28262630)
It just appears to have three holes in a triangle formation. There is only one hole. The other two "holes" are actually screw heads.

The bose adaptor for my QC35's work - it's just two prongs for the top two in the triangle.

controller1 May 3, 17 12:13 pm


Originally Posted by BThumme (Post 28262641)
The bose adaptor for my QC35's work - it's just two prongs for the top two in the triangle.

Then I've confused the "triangle" in the armrest of older AA planes that appear to have three holes.

deeruck May 3, 17 12:22 pm


Originally Posted by controller1 (Post 28262649)
Then I've confused the "triangle" in the armrest of older AA planes that appear to have three holes.

Isn't the third hole providing power? Either way, use the airline adapter that comes with your QCs, which only uses two of the holes.

BrooklynDave May 3, 17 12:28 pm

If they collect them an hour before landing, then can you still watch the IFE? Is there a cheaper set they give you for that? Or bring your own earbuds for that last hour?

Phasers May 3, 17 1:50 pm


Originally Posted by BrooklynDave (Post 28262733)
If they collect them an hour before landing, then can you still watch the IFE? Is there a cheaper set they give you for that? Or bring your own earbuds for that last hour?

They give you some cheapy, crappy earbuds.

skylady May 3, 17 1:52 pm


Originally Posted by BrooklynDave (Post 28262733)
If they collect them an hour before landing, then can you still watch the IFE? Is there a cheaper set they give you for that? Or bring your own earbuds for that last hour?

Yes, you can still watch the IFE, and you will be provided with earbuds.

gwade May 3, 17 2:02 pm

I got tired of carrying mine as well and ended up buying the Bose NC earbuds. In hindsight, I wish I had simply considered a non active NC, noise suppressing in ear monitor. There are a ton out there (the link below is only an example) that are super cheap and have super high ratings, especially with different ear pieces (e.g. - Comply). I might still buy one because what I hate about the Bose earbuds is that darn "battery box" hanging about chest height when you are wearing them.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SLVB71Q...FO2PO6O4&psc=1

bse118 May 3, 17 2:13 pm


Originally Posted by Phasers (Post 28263125)
They give you some cheapy, crappy earbuds.


Originally Posted by skylady (Post 28263134)
Yes, you can still watch the IFE, and you will be provided with earbuds.

In my experience the provision/availability of earbuds has been rather hit and miss.

Austin787 May 3, 17 11:19 pm


Originally Posted by profpeabody (Post 28260964)
I have my own headset I travel with so I don't use theirs. On a recent flight, they came around and collected the headsets at the end of the flight but evidently did not see the unopened set at my seat. They then announced as the doors opened that someone had failed to return their Bose and they needed them all before we deplaned - the implication being someone was trying to steal a set. The box was sitting out in the open, I had not even used them and they just failed to pick it up. It was embarrassing and very unpleasant.

AA could have the Bose headsets permanently attached to the jack (like the IFE remote control). Prevents theft and passengers can use the headsets the entire flight.

mvoight May 4, 17 2:54 am


Originally Posted by Head (Post 28260830)
Yep. Always picked up way to early. I take my own "monoprice" Noise Cancelling Head Phones for that reason. Be aware that you will need an adapter to use your own (at least on the 777) for the A/V system. Well... mine requires it but the Bose that most folks have may not.

Bose comes with an adapter for the dual plug outlet. Is that what you are referring to?

flightrisk May 4, 17 4:13 am


Originally Posted by mvoight (Post 28265624)
Bose comes with an adapter for the dual plug outlet. Is that what you are referring to?

Yes you just need a dual plug adapter if you want stereo sound instead of mono. I've also once had an FA give me one of these adapters with the temporary junk earbuds so it's possible they have them onboard. They don't give them the vast majority of the time.

Head May 4, 17 5:00 am


Originally Posted by mvoight (Post 28265624)
Bose comes with an adapter for the dual plug outlet. Is that what you are referring to?

Yes. I bought a pair of Sonic Solace from MonoPrice. They have a headphone input and just came with a male/male headphone jumper. In order to get stereo soun on the flight I have to have the 2-1 adapter. I've never had Bose so wasn't sure if they came with it or not.

Onetreehill Dec 14, 18 12:05 pm

Bose headphone international business class
 
Just got off from AA flight 82 ( 12/14/2018)from Auckland to LAX!
yes the flight attendants would collect Bose headphones before landing and as everyone waiting for the gate to be opened we noticed a lady site aboutrow 12 window seat still wearing THAT Bose headphones with AA red whit blue logo playing twisting like she is so surprised with the ďbonusĒ in her hand (like you are shopping at a store)
while everyone is standing with carry on at hands , her loud voice just makes people around her gossiping..... my friend said to a male flight attendant ď thereís a lady still have your headphones and bragging ď and he answered without hesitation:
you can buy it on American Airlines website but itís more expensive! Yes it probably is her own !
my friend said : with the logo?
He said: with the logo , itís collectible, thatís why itís more expensive!
he made everyone silent......,
now i am catching another flight while waiting, I canít seem to find this Bose headphones on AA site!
Is flight attendant lying? Seems he forgot to retrieve it from the lady or just...,, Xmas gift ?
did he make up about American Airline selling Bose headphones?
if itís ď gift ď , can I get it from AA!

HofstraJet Dec 14, 18 12:13 pm


Originally Posted by Onetreehill (Post 30535778)
Just got off from AA flight 82 ( 12/14/2018)from Auckland to LAX!
yes the flight attendants would collect Bose headphones before landing and as everyone waiting for the gate to be opened we noticed a lady site aboutrow 12 window seat still wearing THAT Bose headphones with AA red whit blue logo playing twisting like she is so surprised with the “bonus” in her hand (like you are shopping at a store)
while everyone is standing with carry on at hands , her loud voice just makes people around her gossiping..... my friend said to a male flight attendant “ there’s a lady still have your headphones and bragging “ and he answered without hesitation:
you can buy it on American Airlines website but it’s more expensive! Yes it probably is her own !
my friend said : with the logo?
He said: with the logo , it’s collectible, that’s why it’s more expensive!
he made everyone silent......,
now i am catching another flight while waiting, I can’t seem to find this Bose headphones on AA site!
Is flight attendant lying? Seems he forgot to retrieve it from the lady or just...,, Xmas gift ?
did he make up about American Airline selling Bose headphones?
if it’s “ gift “ , can I get it from AA!

She should've bought the new Sony - better than the Bose. Why would anyone want to pay extra for an AA logo?

https://www.sony.com/electronics/hea...nes/wh-1000xm3

Maybe it was a closeout since AA is getting rid of the Bose in favor of the B&O? :D

enpremiere Dec 14, 18 1:06 pm


Originally Posted by HofstraJet (Post 30535800)
Why would anyone want to pay extra for an AA logo?

That way your friends know that you overpaid for it.

Superjeff Dec 14, 18 1:08 pm

More than that, on flight last March JFK-ZRH, they actually picked up my own headphones. We figured it out and when we landed, we had to wait until a ground manager with a key to the cabinet came on board to unlock it and return my headphones!

platbrownguy Dec 14, 18 2:06 pm


Originally Posted by Superjeff (Post 30535988)
More than that, on flight last March JFK-ZRH, they actually picked up my own headphones. We figured it out and when we landed, we had to wait until a ground manager with a key to the cabinet came on board to unlock it and return my headphones!

I always half-worry about either this happening, or being woken up and asked for my personal headphones even if I've told all the FAs not to & that I don't want their headphones. I like that they offer them, but they really need a system that doesn't involve distributing and collecting (i.e., hardwired but with swappable ear pads or something for sanitation)

sm82 Dec 14, 18 2:19 pm


Originally Posted by platbrownguy (Post 30536192)
I always half-worry about either this happening, or being woken up and asked for my personal headphones even if I've told all the FAs not to & that I don't want their headphones. I like that they offer them, but they really need a system that doesn't involve distributing and collecting (i.e., hardwired but with swappable ear pads or something for sanitation)

It (FA's trying to collect my Bose headphones) used to happen a lot more but hasn't in a while. Likely picked up on the fact that a lot of people have these, especially those in J/F who travel a good bit. Probably just as annoying for the FAs to try to figure out which sets are personal and which are AA's...

JDiver Dec 14, 18 9:30 pm


Originally Posted by Onetreehill (Post 30535778)
Just got off from AA flight 82 ( 12/14/2018)from Auckland to LAX!
yes the flight attendants would collect Bose headphones before landing and as everyone waiting for the gate to be opened we noticed a lady site aboutrow 12 window seat still wearing THAT Bose headphones with AA red whit blue logo playing twisting like she is so surprised with the “bonus” in her hand (like you are shopping at a store)
while everyone is standing with carry on at hands , her loud voice just makes people around her gossiping..... my friend said to a male flight attendant “ there’s a lady still have your headphones and bragging “ and he answered without hesitation:
you can buy it on American Airlines website but it’s more expensive! Yes it probably is her own !
my friend said : with the logo?
He said: with the logo , it’s collectible, that’s why it’s more expensive!
he made everyone silent......,
now i am catching another flight while waiting, I can’t seem to find this Bose headphones on AA site!
Is flight attendant lying? Seems he forgot to retrieve it from the lady or just...,, Xmas gift ?
did he make up about American Airline selling Bose headphones?
if it’s “ gift “ , can I get it from AA!

I’m thinking this FA kissed the Blarney Stone and was spouting BS. AA has, AFAIK, NEVER sold headsets online. And AA branded headsets today II are three prong and aren’t likely to work at home. And the gem about collectible... ROTFLMAO.

He was embarrassed at getting caught flat-footed, or he had ulterior motive to “allow” her(collude with her) to disembark with the headset.

In the long run, as Bose exits the market for airline headsets, https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...en-2019-a.html. (Maybe a lot of us will have the opportunity to purchase “collectible” AA logo design used, obsolete three prong deadsets, er, headsets with no possibility of customer support in the near future!:D)

fotographer Dec 15, 18 3:54 am

I always upon boarding, give the headphones directly to the FA, they note in their system
Never had a problem since, asking for my headphones

robertablake Dec 17, 18 3:06 am


Originally Posted by fotographer (Post 30537971)
I always upon boarding, give the headphones directly to the FA, they note in their system
Never had a problem since, asking for my headphones

This

Gildas Jun 16, 19 11:56 pm

Wonder if someone can clarify something for me, based on this thread.


It just appears to have three holes in a triangle formation. There is only one hole. The other two "holes" are actually screw heads.

The bose adaptor for my QC35's work - it's just two prongs for the top two in the triangle.
My personal headphones have a single prong (like for plugging into a laptop). Will this work, after the cabin crew take away the provided ones? The first quote implies "yes". The other comments imply "no". Has anyone used a normal, single prong headphone jack in the AA 777-200 J seats?


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