Academic English

“Airport Announcement”

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difficult plane flights one man 00:32

Pre-Listening Exercise

Airplane flights come and go at airports everyday. What kinds of public announcements would you expect to hear at an airport while waiting for your flight? Write down your ideas before beginning the listening.


“hot under the collar” = get angry
Many of the passengers got really hot under the collar when they found out the plane would be delayed another two hours.”

“strike up” = begin a conversation
He struck up a conversation with another passenger and found out that they attended the same high school.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

A ____ is probably making the announcement.

The conversation takes place before people get on the plane, and it is something a ticket agent at the gate might say.

The ultimate destination of the flight is _____.

Hello. Passengers of flight 17 bound for Caracas, with stops in Atlanta and Miami.

What change has been announced?

The departure gate has been changed to 30B.

It's currently ______ outside.

Also, there will be a slight departure delay due to inclement weather outside. The ground crew is in the process of deicing the wings in preparation for departure.

The plane will depart at _____.

"We should be boarding about a quarter to the hour." This means fifteen til the hour, so 8:45 could be the only answer.

Post-Listening Exercise

Have you ever had to wait for a delayed flight? What was the reason? What other reasons can you think of that would cause the flight to be delayed or cancelled? Would you be satisfied if the airline offered you a free flight to another destination for future travel if they had to cancel your current flight until the next day? Why or why not?