Practical Usage of English for Air Travelers in Airport

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Ris­ing com­pe­ti­tions among the air ser­vices providers and reduc­ing ticket prices has con­tributed to it sub­stan­tially. How­ever, unlike the rail or road trav­els, there are a few extra steps to be cov­ered like the cus­toms and secu­rity checks while under­tak­ing air travel. Due to fall in the price of domes­tic air price of domes­tic air inter­na­tional air tick­ets, more peo­ple pre­fer the mode that helps them reach their des­ti­na­tion in very short time, hours that would nor­mally have taken days to reach. To get through the cus­tom check­ing con­ve­niently, it would be good learn­ing about some basic ter­mi­nolo­gies fre­quently used in the airports.

If you are a first time trav­eller, it is advis­able to know some of the basic ter­mi­nol­ogy and eti­quette of air­ports. That is what we are going to explain you in the below paragraphs.

Basic Ter­mi­nol­ogy – Fol­low­ing are some of the basic ter­mi­nolo­gies used in the airports.

  • Flight.
  • Pilot.
  • Host­ess.
  • Sup­port crew.
  • Pas­sen­ger.
  • Iden­tity cards.
  • Tick­ets.
  • Board­ing pass.
  • Careers.
  • Trans­port.
  • Secu­rity check.
  • Lounge.
  • Gate
  • Land­ing.
  • Take off.
  • Econ­omy class vs. exec­u­tive class.
  • Win­dow seats vs. side seats.

Vocab­u­lar­ies – Some of the major vocab­u­lar­ies in respect of an air­port are as follows.

  • Lug­gage checking.
  • Secu­rity check.
  • Board­ing pass.
  • Board­ing.
  • Air ticket.
  • Flight sched­ules.
  • Flight num­ber.
  • Scan­ner.
  • Con­veyer belt.
  • Freight cars.
  • Pas­sen­ger trans­port vehicles.
  • Trol­leys.
  • Cus­toms.
  • Pass­port.
  • Lug­gage tickets.
  • Carry bag tags.
  • Win­dow seats.
  • Air host­ess.
  • Pilot.
  • Crew.
  • Seat belt.
  • Lounge.
  • Life jack­ets.
  • Oxy­gen masks.
  • Incom­ing travelers.
  • Out­go­ing travelers.

Sam­ple Use of Air­port Prac­ti­cal Eng­lish – Usu­ally there would be two types of trav­el­ers, incom­ing and outgoing.

Incom­ing trav­el­ers may also ask or inquiry the air­port police about trans­porta­tion like taxis, buses, and about accom­mo­da­tion avail­able in the des­ti­na­tion place.

Sim­i­larly, the out­go­ing pas­sen­ger will first con­front the gate keeper where he or she will have to show the iden­tity card. Enter­ing into the air­port, they will have lug­gage check for any unwanted arti­cle. If the lug­gage is big it will be tick­eted by the offi­cer at the counter and sent to freight ter­mi­nal via con­veyer belt. Lug­gage to be hand car­ried shall be tagged only. Sec­ond phase is secu­rity check and then the passed out pas­sen­ger will seat in the lounge wait­ing for the call and open­ing of gate to go near and board the air plane.

Air host­ess will receive the pas­sen­ger, guider him or her to the seat and take care of the require­ments of the pas­sen­gers while on flight. What about the pilot? He is the one that takes the trav­el­ers to their desired destination.

Airport customs checking

Air­port cus­toms checking

Incom­ing trav­el­ers may con­front the cus­toms offi­cials and the typ­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion would run as fol­lows.
Cus­toms Officer: — “Welcome to Canada; Pass­port please”.
Trav­eler: -“Here it is.”
Cus­toms Officer: – “Where are you from?”
Traveler: – “India. “
Cus­toms Officer: – “Purpose of your visit?”
Traveler: – “Business.”
Cus­toms Officer: – “How long will you stay?”
Traveler: – “A month.”
Cus­toms Officer: – “Have you ever been to this coun­try before?”
Traveler: – “No! This is the first time.”
Cus­toms Officer: – “Anything to declare?”
Traveler: – “None!”
Cus­toms Officer: – “Enjoy your stay.”
Traveler: – “Thanks.”

Typ­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion for the out­go­ing pas­sen­gers arriv­ing at the air­port could go as fol­lows.
At the entrance Gate –
Secu­rity Officer: — “Your iden­tity card please.”
Trav­eler: -“Here it is.”

At the entrance Gate of the inner pas­sen­ger wait­ing space: -
Secu­rity Officer: — “Your ticket please.”
Trav­eler: -“Here it is.”

On enter­ing the air­port wait­ing space for the trav­el­ers with ticket only, he or she will pro­ceed for lug­gage scan­ning putting them on the machine and then pro­ceed to the ticket counter.
Offi­cer in the counter: – “Your ticket please”.
Traveler: — “Yes; here it is.”
Offi­cer in the counter: — “You are Mr. John Smith?”
Trav­eler: -“Yes; I am.”
Offi­cer in the counter: – “Do you want a win­dow seat?”
Trav­eler: –“Yes.”
Offi­cer in the counter: — “Here is your board­ing pass.”
Traveler: — “Thanks”

He pro­ceeds and sits on a chair inside the air­port. On call to pro­ceed for secu­rity check­ing he pro­ceeds to the secu­rity check­ing point and entrance to inner lounge.
Secu­rity Officer: — “Please remove all metal­lic items from your per­son includ­ing lap­tops and mobile phones and put them on the tray.”
Traveler: — “OK; done.”
Secu­rity Offi­cer: -“Check­ing over! Col­lect your arti­cles on the oppo­site side of the small con­veyer plate.”
Traveler: — “OK and thanks.”

On call he pro­ceeds to the exit gate open­ing to the run­way where vehi­cle would be wait­ing for him and oth­ers after his board­ing pass is checked by the air­port offi­cers at the exit gate. He arrives at the stair­case lead­ing to the inside of the air plane.
Secu­rity Officer: — “Sir; please show your board­ing pass.”
Traveler: — “Here it is.”

Birdview of Airport

Bird­view of Airport

He enters the plane where air host­ess wel­comes him.
Air-hostess: -“Wel­come to our flight sir; Happy jour­ney sir.”
Traveler: — “Thanks; hope every­thing goes well.”
He takes his seat.

The above are some of the basic aspects and ter­mi­nol­ogy used while trav­el­ling in flights. If you want to know any more spe­cific, please feel free to ask us through our com­ment sec­tion. Wish you good luck.

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