Using Bluetooth Headphones on an IFE System

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Too Technical

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Oct 2016

Total posts 19

Hey Guys!

I was wondering if there was a way I could use the Inflight Entertainment System with my new Bluetooth Headphones. My headphones are the JBL T450BT, and DO NOT accept an input through the charging port.

Do you guys have any ideas or things to purchase?


Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 19 Feb 2016

Total posts 15

I would also like ideas!
I currently use a pair of in-ear monitors/earphones [Westone 4] with an extension to make it more comfortable (Triple Flange fitted to help with passive noise isolation) - They come in a small case and are very comfortable as they feed behind your neck/back.


Member since 21 Jun 2017

Total posts 1

Easy to do with the right dongle.

I got some with Bluetooth headphones years ago (thanks Plantronics!) but a Bluetooth transmitter like this one should do the trick.

Happy listening!


Member since 02 Dec 2016

Total posts 105

Good question, my wireless, noise cancelling Beats headphones come with a cable to plug in for these types of situations.  But I had wondered about it.

Note: Do not buy Beats headphones.  The noise cancelling is crap.

World traveler

Star Alliance

Member since 26 Sep 2014

Total posts 2


I bought a cheap Bluetooth transmitter and plug it into the headphone port.  Works great. Only issue is battery life, which I run a power cord to the USB port.


Etihad Guest

Member since 23 Dec 2012

Total posts 1

I've been using a bluetooth dongle for a while now and it works really well. However, during my time researching the best ones, it became apparent that some of the cheaper ones have a tendency to buffer the audio which essentially results in the audio and picture being out of Sync.

The one I bought does suffer from this slightly but its almost unnoticeable, though I some reviewers reported it being really obvious in some much cheaper products.

Other thing to consider is charge time and method. The smaller the device, the shorter battery life. So for long-haul flights, ensure you choose one that can be charged at the same time it's being used. Otherwise you might find you only get 6-7 hours use before it needs to be charged.

Too Technical

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Oct 2016

Total posts 19

Thanks guys, just ordered one off ebay:

As it is the absolute cheapest I could find from Australia, it could suffer from the buffering... which I hope it doesn't. Battery life shouldn't be a problem since the flights I'm taking will be only be 7 hours or less with me not using the IFE for the whole flight.



Member since 05 Jun 2012

Total posts 61

Just a random thought - does the airline you are planning to travel on have a ban on wireless communication devices being used onboard??  Bluetooth is, remember, a two-way radio-based communication system.

QANTAS don't allow it:

I looked at VA and they don't specifically mention bluetooth but do require devices to be in flight mode - i.e. non-transmitting.

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