General Listening Quiz

“Airline Safety”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate airline travel man and woman 02:10

Pre-Listening Exercise

What items are passengers not allowed to take on board airplanes in your country? What are the reasons for these rules?


be up in the air” = undecided
Because my dad lost his job, our summer plans are up in the air at the moment.”

travel with something” = carry something as your travel
Ashley always travels with extra money in case of an emergency.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the first item that the man has in his carry-on bag?

Hmmm. First of all, sir, you can't take any liquids like this bottled water past this point.

The man is carrying a lighter because he ___.

But I have it just in case of emergencies. You know, as an emergency fire starter in case the plane crashes into a dark forest.

The next illegal item the man has with him is ____.

Security: Sir. You'll have to leave that here. What's this? Passenger: Well . . .Oh. That's my pocket knife. Security: A pocket knife? It's almost a foot long!

The man received this item from ___.

Passenger: Well, it's a special knife given to me by my grandfather, but I only use it to peel apples and fruit.

The man doesn't know the airline's rules because ____.

Passenger: Well, I started to read it, and I then got a little distracted.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

With a partner, describe an experience, good or bad, that you have had at an airport or on an airplane. What happened? What did you learn about the experience that will help you the next time you travel?

Online Investigation

Visit the Web site of one or more airlines. Research five items that passengers are prohibited from putting in their checked luggage and/or in their carry-on bags?