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United Airlines Rolls Out Bluetooth Capabilities on More Planes

by Holly Riddle

Nov 20, 2023

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Connecting to in-flight entertainment might be easier on your next United Airlines flight. As part of the airline’s United Next initiative to modernize aircraft, Bluetooth connectivity is now available on more than 100 United planes. The airline hopes to increase that number to more than 800 planes by 2032.

 

In order to connect your personal headphones to United’s in-flight entertainment systems via Bluetooth, just select the Bluetooth icon on the seatback screen monitor, place your headphones in pairing mode and pair them to the in-flight entertainment system.

 

United’s chief information officer Jason Birnbaum noted the new in-flight Bluetooth connectivity is particularly advantageous for passengers using Apple AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro are outfitted with features such as Conversation Awareness lowering audio volume when the wearer speaks, and Adaptive Audio, which senses environmental noise to adjust volume accordingly.

 

“United was the first U.S. airline to roll out Bluetooth, and when we saw Apple’s new AirPods features, we knew it could be a game changer for our customers and our employees,” said Jason Birnbaum, chief information officer, United Airlines. “People want to stay connected while they’re in the air, but there’s also a lot of interactions between our crew and customers — the technological combination of wireless connectivity, Conversation Awareness and Adaptive Audio result in a great experience for everyone.”

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