SOMEWHERE OVER ONTARIO, DESTINATION YYZ – So it’s not really justified – calling them headsets, that is. Because what Air Canada hands out on its aircraft are potemkin headsets – they look like headsets, but they aren’t really.
Even Air Canada doesn’t think much of them. These things obviously have no value – they don’t want them back. Did some Air Canada executive stumble across a million of these things in some warehouse located in a Chinese backwater factory town? Because these things are cheap, no good for anything, bits of foam covered plastic with a wire attached.
Both ears never work at the same time, and no matter how high you set the volume, you have to press them against your head with all your might to hear the explosions in the latest Jason Bourne movie. Holding your head like that is enough to make the people around you think you’ve descended into some sort of air madness, especially if you allow your jaw to go slack and your mouth hang open at the same time.
Don’t forget to hold the jack plugged in to the outlet with your leg. If you move the wrong way, you’ll lose the entire signal when it falls to the floor.
Now I’m no big fan of the headset that came with my iPod, but they are a massive bank of speakers at a Rolling Stones concert by comparison. I plugged my iPod headset in (note to Air Canada – they actually stay plugged in – this is a feature!) and the sound blew me away. I could actually hear the explosions, and even had to turn down the volume.
I bet Apple’s got some factory in China cranking those things out like there’s no tomorrow (and if you’re a public company managing for the next quarter’s results, there is no tomorrow). Somebody zap the coordinates over to the guys at Air Canada so they can do some comparison shopping. No point having a nice TV if you can’t hear it.