If you are going to travel by plane, it is important to be aware of:
- The registration process (checking in).
- Restrictions on the number of checked baggage (a limit to the amount of luggage you can check).
- Rules concerning the carry-on baggage («carry-on» luggage).
- Tom, what happens if your luggage is lost (what happens if the airline loses your luggage).
- That means «overbooking» («overbooking»).
- That means «a state of readiness» («standby»).
- Tom, why do you need to come to the airport so early («why you have to arrive to the airport so early»).
- What happens if you are late for a connecting flight («connecting flight»).
- What to do if your flight has been canceled («flight is cancelled»).
- That is «closed» date («blackout» dates).
On this and many other will tell you a specialist in air travel Jen Leo. Offer see the following video:
- What is the process for checking in at the airport? (How is the registration process?) If you’ve never been to an airport before and this is your first flight (flight) there are a number of steps you need to take. You will be required to check in (sign up), get your boarding pass (boarding pass), check your luggage (luggage) and then proceed to the security gate (checkpoint) and eventually to your designated departure gate (access to land). Airport check-in (check at the airport) is when you let the airline know that you are there. The airline will have someone check your ID (identity document), usually your driver’s license or your passport, they will check to see if you have any luggage with you and, if you’re going to be checking that luggage, they will then give you your boarding pass with your gate number (number of the gate) on it so you may proceed to the gate through security.
- What other types of check-in are available at the airport? (What other types of registration are available at the airport?) Curbside check-in (check passengers at the entrance to the airport) is that little desk right on the sidewalk where the skycap (porter at the airport ) is there ready to check you in, take your baggage (luggage), and give you your boarding pass. Sometimes, the line is a little shorter than inside at the baggage check-in desk (front desk), but it comes with a price. You’re required to at least tip (tip) the skycap or sometimes there’s a mandatory fee (compulsory payment) of two dollars per bag right there on a sign as you check in at the line. A self-service check-in ( «self-registration») is a know-it-all computer that knows who you are as soon as you put in your ID or your credit card. What you do is you verify who you are, and that you’re on the next flight and what seat you want, and then it prints out your boarding pass for you, right then and there; nobody needs to help you.
- Is there a limit to the amount of luggage I can check? (Is there a limit on the number of checked baggage?) There is absolutely a limit to the number of bags you can check on a plane. You can not just move in your whole apartment with boxes and gigantic suitcases (large bags). Usually the limit to the number of bags is two, but it varies from airline to airline. Check each airline for their own personal requirements (requirement) before you book (book, book) your ticket. If your bags are over the weight limit (exceed the weight limit), you will be charged (with you to take the money). Please do note that the weight allowances (free baggage allowance) can vary (different) domestically (domestic) versus international. If you’re going on an international trip, and traveling through several different airlines throughout the course of your vacation, make sure you know what the bag restrictions (limits) are with each airline, because they do vary as you cross overseas.
- What are rules for «carry-on» luggage? (What are the rules for hand luggage?) Usually, you’re only allotted two carry-on bags — one to go under your seat or the overhead compartment (top luggage rack), and the other to be a personal item (personal thing), such as a purse or a laptop computer. If you are one of the last people to board a plane (to sit on an airplane), sometimes you’re asked to check one of your larger pieces of luggage at the gate if the plane is already full.
- What happens if the airline loses my luggage? (What happens if the airline lost my luggage?) If you can not find your bag once you get off the plane (to leave the plane), know that you are not alone. This happens to a lot of passengers. What you do is go directly to the airline desk and start filling out the paperwork (filling documents), letting them know that your baggage has been lost. Sometimes it’s just on the flight behind you and they will deliver it to you later. Otherwise, you might have to file a claim (to bring a claim) and wait for reimbursement (compensation) from the airline.
- What does «overbooking» mean? (What is «overbooking»?) Overbooking («overbooking») has been in the news a lot lately. All it means is that they’ve sold more tickets than there are seats for that flight, which is a scandal. Airlines often overbook (to sell more tickets than there are seats) because they like to fly full flights, so they will sell more tickets than there are seats because a few people just might not show up (announced). This is overbooking. If your flight is overbooked, they might ask you to give up your seat (to abandon their places), and if they do not ask you to give up your seat, they might do it for you. The incentive (incentive fee) is they might offer you travel credit, a meal voucher (voucher for food) or a free ticket in exchange for (in exchange for) taking a different flight and relieving (unloading) the overbooking.
- What is «standby»? (What is the «state of readiness»?) Standby («state of readiness») is when you have a ticket for one flight, but you want to go on an earlier flight and get to your destination (destination destination) a little sooner. You check in, see if there are any other seats available on an earlier flight and wait for it. If the seats are empty, you can go standby. One tip for flying standby is to use the check-in desk (check-in desk) instead of the kiosk. What you want to do is ask a live person if there is any availability on an earlier flight. They’ll be able to let you know and send you to the appropriate gate where you can get your name on a waiting list (waiting list). Go early, because the sooner you get there the higher up your name will be on the standby waiting list.
- Why do I have to be at the airport so early? (Why do you need to be at the airport so early?) These days it is best to arrive at least two hours early, if you are flying domestically. If you are on an International Flight (international flight) you want to arrive three hours early; this alleviates stress (reduces stress) and it also gives you plenty of time to go through the security gate. You want to make sure you get to the airport early, at least two hours ahead of time, because security clearance (security checks) has been ramped up and it can take a long time to get through the security gate. With the procedures that they have today, you may need to take off your shoes, jacket and belt. You need to take your laptop out of its bag and you may have to make sure your change is in its special compartment, so you can use up to four or five trays sometimes to get through the security gate. With everybody lined up to get on their flight, this can take quite a while. This is why it is good to be at the airport early.
- What happens if I miss my connecting flight because my first flight was late? (What happens if I am late for a connecting flight since my first flight was delayed?) If you need to be re-booked (rebooking) on a flight because you ‘ve missed a connection (to be late for a transplant), you want to check with your airline provider to see if there’s another flight that you can get on for free (free of charge). Sometimes, if there are none available and all the flights are full you might have to change airlines, and in this case you might be charged a fee (a fee you can rent) or even another price of a ticket. The airline is responsible if it was due to mechanical failure (due to mechanical failure), but if it was weather and you were caught in some snowstorm for example, they are not responsible for booking you on another flight.
- If my flight is cancelled or I’m bumped, what is airline’s obligation? (What are the obligations airline if my flight is canceled or I did not have a place?) If the flight that you want to be re-booked on is full and you have to wait until the next day, sometimes the airline will put you up in a hotel. But if they do not and you need to pay for it yourself, try asking the hotel (nearby an airport) for the distressed passenger discount (discount for the «victims» of passengers). Then you can maybe get a better deal on the overnight stay. If you’re bumped (if you do not have enough space) and the airline is going to offer you some compensation, try and get a cheque rather than a flight voucher (permission for flights «Pass»). Cash in hand is always better than a flight voucher because the vouchers could have blackout dates («closed» dates), restricting you from travelling anytime you want. Whereas, with the cash, you can use it for whatever you want, or you can re-book a brand new ticket.
- What are «blackout» dates? (What is a «closed» date?) Blackout dates are restricted days of travel. So, if you are on a discounted flight (discount flight), then the blackout dates are dates you can not travel on, such as holidays or special high peak season vacation times. But these blackout dates vary from airline to airline so you want to make sure you check with your provider before you book your ticket.
- What is the standard «connection time» between flights? (What is the standard «connection time» between flights?) The standard «connection time» between flights is usually about 45 minutes to an hour and a half, but if you’re traveling overseas , the «connection time» can be upwards of two, four, even five or six hours, between flights.
So, review the main stages of travel by plane:
|Departure board||Arriving at the airport (arrive at the airport), you can view the board information on departure (departure board), which shows the number of flights (flight numbers), the time of departure (departure time) and destination (destination).|
| Check-in desk
Luggage / baggage
| You need to register (to check in). Go to the reception of passengers (check-in desk). They weigh your luggage (luggage), and if the free baggage allowance (weight allowances) exceeded (usually about 20 kg), you’ll have to pay for excess baggage (pay excess baggage).
The reception check your ticket and issue a boarding pass (boarding card / boarding pass) airline seat number.
Boarding card / boarding pass
| Passport control
| Then you go through passport control (passport control) and sent to the waiting room (departure lounge). Here you can buy anything in a shop duty-free sales (duty free). About half an hour before take-off (take-off) you go to the boarding gate (gate).
Departure lounge Duty free shop
| Overhead compartment / overhead locker
||Sitting on the plane (to board = to get on), you find the place (seat). If you have hand baggage («carry-on» luggage / hand luggage), you can put it under the seat or in the overhead storage shelf (overhead compartment / overhead locker) above the seat.|
|Flight (The Flight)|
| Captain / pilot, flight attendants
| The pilot (captain / pilot) or cabin crew (cabin crew / flight attendants) can say the following:
— Put the seat back in the upright position (put your seats in the upright position);
— Buckle (fasten your seat belts);
— Turn off the mobile phone (switch off your mobile phones) and so on. N.
Listen carefully to information about safety precautions (safety instructions), note the location of emergency exits (emergency exits).
If the flight is not delayed (delay), the plane leaves the runway (runway), and flies (takes off).
Seat belts Emergency exit
GREEN = nothing to declare, RED = goods to declare
| When the plane landed (landed), you leave (get off the plane) and head to the terminal building (terminal building), to the arrival area (arrivals zone), and then to place the baggage (baggage reclaim). Next, go through customs control (customs): Green pointer — nothing to declare, red — the goods subject to declaration (GREEN = nothing to declare, RED = goods to declare). At many airports you can rent a car (hire a car).
If the flight was carried out through several time zones (time zones), you can feel the jet lag syndrome (jetlag).
Arrivals Baggage reclaim
How well do you remember new vocabulary? Check yourself, complete the following tasks:
Complete each sentence with the appropriate word.
- An airport … is a main building at an airport where passengers arrive and depart.
- … Is the section of an airport where passengers arrive.
- Two general words for bags and suitcases are … and ….
- When you arrive at the airport, you go to … … to get your boarding pass.
- Before you get on the plain you have to show identification at … … and go through security.
- Passengers flying to another country are usually entitled to buy cheap alcohol, cigarettes, etc., from the … free shops.
- Baggage which is heavier than the weight allowed as free baggage for a certain category of tickets is called … baggage.
- The track, or ‘road’ on which an aircraft takes off and lands is called the ….
- After you arrived you go to … … to pick up your luggage.
- When you go through …, you may be asked «Do you have anything to declare?»
- The person who looks after you during a flight is the … ….
- You can usually ask for a window or aisle ….
- When a plane is going up into sky it is … ….
- When a plane is coming down from the air it is ….
- The feeling of sleepiness that affects you after you have travelled through several time zones is called ….
- Luggage, baggage
- Check-in desk
- Passport control
- Baggage reclaim
- Flight attendant
- Taking off