Expert Tips for Airplane Noise Reduction

airplane noise reduction

Flying is just like going to the dentist – very few look forward to it but everybody does it. Planes may be the fastest way to get to where you need to go but when you’re trapped on a 10-hour flight between a screaming toddler and an overly-friendly seat-mate, you start debating if you really need to go on this vacation. While you can’t avoid these disturbances sometimes, there are some noise reduction methods you can use on the airplane.

See our Guidelines on Soundproofing while on Vacation

Noise Reduction while Traveling

There may be no such thing as a peaceful plane ride, but with this simple advice from some seasoned travelers you’ll be able to block out the noise and enjoy some peace and quiet on your next flight. And while you can’t actually do anything to change the noise level on the airplane, you can try methods that will work just as well as noise reduction.

Noise Canceling Headphones

Ask any traveler the one thing they never get on board with out. Chances are, they’re gonna say headphones. Listen to music, watch a movie, or just make yourself seem less inviting to a seat-mate looking to chat – headphones are the number one plane necessity.

Spring for a nice pair of noise canceling headphones for longer and more frequent flying or just bring along your usual ear buds. You’ll be happy you did.White Noise

If you need a nap and earplugs just won’t cut it, try falling asleep to some white noise. Spotify has plenty of white noise playlists, from ocean waves to jungle sounds, which you can download before your flight and then fall asleep to on the plane.

White noise is great for masking and distracting or annoying sounds while you try your best to relax on a flight. So whether you have screaming kids or sick people coughing and sneezing on your flight, you’ll be able to get a in a good nap using white noise.

airplane noise reduction

If all else fails, put in your ear plugs and put on your sleeping mask, then try to ignore the world around you and take a nap.

Plane Seat Selection

Most travelers don’t think too much about where they’re seated, apart from the coveted window seat view, but knowing which seat to choose can lead to a much quieter flight.

The back of the cabin has the highest amount of engine noise, while the bathrooms at the front tend to be a hub of noise and commotion. Aim for a seat near the middle of the plane, and if you want to avoid being bothered by seat-mates wanting to stand up, your best bet is a seat by the window.

However, if you choose the window seat try not to drink to much because then you’ll be the one climbing over your seat mates and annoying them. I always pick window seat when I fly and end up having the issue of climbing over two people who were probably sleeping.

Entertain Yourself During the Flight

It’s much easier to ignore aggravating noise if you have something to focus on, so make sure you’ve packed a book, tablet or something else to play with while you fly. You’ll be amazed how fast the time will pass by while you’re busy playing Candy Crush.

Some airlines even offer free movies and TV shows with a screen on the seat in front of you or through their mobile app. I always tell myself I’m going to try starting a new book or podcast when I fly, but I always end up watching a movie if I have the option.

Listen Closely

Disturbances often happen when flight attendants need to interrupt your sleep to ask you to lift your tray table or buckle your seat belt. Listen when they give their spiel and then make sure to follow instructions so they won’t need to wake you up and ask again.

Every time I get on a flight I wait to put in my ear phones or start a movie until the flight attendants are done talking. Be especially attentive if you happen to be sitting  by the emergency exit and they’re letting you know how it works.

Airplane Noise Reduction When You Travel

Above all of these tips, be patient. All kinds of people fly for all kinds of reasons and sometimes noise can’t be avoided. Airplanes are naturally loud especially when other passengers are being noisy on top of the engine noise. With these expert tips and a little bit of patience, you’ll be arriving at your destination well rested and ready to go.

Having trouble with airplane noise in your home? We have some solutions for that too, including our soundproof curtains.

Airplane Noise Could Be Affecting Your Health