As I write these words, I’m sitting in a plane ten kilometres above a desolate part of the Arabian peninsula. In Economy on this trip.
But a sweet little dongle is making my life a tiny bit nicer. This is the AirFly by 12 South. It sends out Bluetooth signals to wireless headphones or Airpods.
No longer do I have to listen to the inflight entertainment with a cable twisting through my minuscule personal space.
This device plugs into a standard audio jack – here shown with an adaptor for the airline audio jack – and sends out Bluetooth audio. Pairing is quick and simple, and it recharges via a USB port, now commonly found on airline seats. It has enough juice for about a day, so it’s not usually a problem.
I use noise-canceling headphones, but Apple Airpods work just as well. My only worry with the far smaller and handier pods is that one of those expensive little devils might slip out and be lost in the dark and clutter on the floor.