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Sufficiently Noise Cancelling Headphones

Tokyo: Etymotics

They don’t need charging, require a carrying case, or leave your ear’s hot after a long haul. They do cut out most of the ambient flight noise. Yeah they’re not perfect – the cable is prone to being snagged on zips and from ears-on experience the more expensive pairs aren’t worth the money or last any longer. But they pretty much do the do, and have been part of my hand-luggage only trips for a while now. A more rigarous review here. Product page for the ER6i’s here.