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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Must Have Tech for Air Travel

September 8, 2014

No, not the infamous “Knee Defender” product designed to prevent reclining of airplane seats that has been in the news the last several weeks. I really wish travelers would be more considerate and look before they jack back their seat in a sudden motion. But that's not my subject today. I’m talking about noise cancelling headsets.

How appropriate that Bose invited ars technica to the Guinness record holding noisiest stadium on earth (Seattle’s Century Link Field) to demonstrate their latest noise cancelling product that will be used by all 32 NFL teams this year. As an avid 12th man, I was disappointed that they didn’t test them with a full stadium of screaming Seahawks fans. No matter which team you root for, you can’t describe the feeling and the noise at Clink during a home Seahawks game.

What does this have to do with air travel? Plenty. Sharon and I travel with the QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. I couldn’t believe that you can actually get effective noise cancellation with an earbud instead of a full over the ear headset. Besides clipping out the hum of the jet engines, you don’t have to talk to the passengers sitting next to you. The earbuds, cord and battery pack don’t take up much room and could even fit into your pocket for travel. They are a little pricey at $300, but well worth it. If Bose’s noise cancelling technology is good enough to clear out crowd noise at an NFL game, image how effective they are in an airplane cabin.

Go Hawks!

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