New Zealand technology company Phitek has developed a magnetic connector for audio devices which it hopes airlines will use for their passenger headsets.
Stuff.co.nz reports that the connectors could replace the conventional pin and socket connections which tend to be fiddly and sometimes break off when passengers forget they are wearing them and get up from their seats.
As Phitek Chief executive Roy Moody said, this can leave seats inoperable and currently represents a significant cost for airlines.
Moody said the magnetic connectors would be suitable for use in economy, business and first-class aircraft sections.
Phitek has already tested them on a flight by a Middle Eastern airline and they will now go through a "fairly lengthy certification process".
The Auckland-based company employs 30 staff. It has tripled its annual profit to $1.1 million after it came close to folding back in 2010.