Noise-Canceling Technology Without Headphones May Soon Be Coming To Planes

Planes can be noisy places. Between crying infants and the roar of the engines, there are plenty of sounds that you may not want to deal with on a long flight. Now, new plane technology may be able to help.

Noise-canceling tech for planes was recently introduced at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. This kind of thing isn’t anything new – high-quality headphones have been using it for years – but this technology function in airplane cabins without the need for headphones.

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Here’s how it works: the unwanted sound from plane engines or machinery is identified by Panasonic technology and blocked in the cabin. Passengers can actually turn this sound-blocking feature off and on with the push of a button. There’s also a “sleep cycle” which replaces the noise of the engine with soothing sounds like birds chirping and adds special mood lighting.

This new technology is likely to be first employed in business class cabins and enclosed cabins such as those found on luxury airlines. However, if it’s successful, the tech might one day filter down to economy cabins.