On the plane, in the terminal or in any environment where an IT pro is trying to get work amid distractions and noise, a good pair of noise-canceling headphones is a must. There are three types over the ear, on the ear and inserts available from a host of companies.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $500 depending on what is important to you. However, Consumer Reports recommends each of these:
Inserts: Bose QuietComfort 20i
Over-the-ear: Beats by Dre Beats Executive
Still not sure which way to go? Well Alan Henry wrote this this article on Lifehacker to help you make the right decision.