Lots of people have equipment that goes along with their role. Softball players have gloves. Artists have sketch pads. Clarinetist have reeds.
Frequent Fliers? We have noise canceling headphones.
Several years ago, I got a pair of Bose QC2 noise canceling headphones as a gift. These things are great. The knock out much of the engine noise on a plane, which makes flying much more comfortable. I can hook them up to my media player and disappear from the plane without ever leaving my seat.
Unfortunately, there is a weak point where the headband meets the ear cup. I've read a posts in several forums where people complain about this problem, and eventually it happened to me.
It's frustrating, but they were out warranty by quite a bit. And I have gotten many hours of use from them.
So tonight I stopped by the Bose kiosk at the Seatac airport and related my tale of woe to the Bose saleperson.
Bose had a program for just this situation, though. For $50 I was able to trade in my old, broken QC2 for a band spanking new pair of the same thing. Since they normally sell for $299, this was definitely a good deal. Now my flights will once again not be quite such an obnoxious roar.
I also had the option of switching to the newer QC3 for $100, but I'm not a fan of that design.
Anywhere, here is my shiny new baby.