US Airways Change Headset Policy

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 1, 2003—US Airways has changed its headset policy, making it more convenient for passengers to access the onboard inflight entertainment system.

Beginning today, customers are welcome to bring their own headsets to access US Airways` inflight entertainment at no charge. Those who do not have their own headsets may now purchase one on board from flight attendants for $5 (three British pounds or five Euros on transatlantic flights) and keep it for future use on board US Airways.

Previously, customers were charged a $5 fee to access inflight entertainment while traveling in Coach Class within the U.S. and the Caribbean. Toward the end of the flights, the rental headsets were collected by US Airways` flight attendants.

“We are pleased to bring our customers a more cost effective and convenient means of accessing our inflight entertainment system on our long-haul flights,” said Steve Tracas, US Airways vice president of sales and marketing.

US Airways` headsets have two prongs, which allow for stereo sound on select aircraft. Many headsets used for other purposes, such as portable compact disc players, have only one prong. Headsets with one prong can access inflight entertainment; however, stereo sound may not be available.


US Airways is the nation’s seventh-largest airline, serving nearly 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Most of its route network is concentrated in the eastern U.S., where it is the largest air carrier east of the Mississippi. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express partner carriers operate over 3,300 flights per day. For more information on US Airways inflight entertainment, visit US Airways online at

Reporters needing additional information should contact US Airways Corporate Affairs at (703) 872-5100.