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Vocabulary Lessons

“Airplane Travel”


Airplane travel is one of the most common forms of transportation to get to overseas destinations, but making plane reservations and buying plane tickets are only the first steps. You need to know what to do and what to say once you arrive at the airport. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. aisle
  2. aisle seat
  3. baggage claim area
  4. boarding area
  5. boarding pass
  6. carry-on luggage
  7. cockpit
  8. emergency exit
  9. flight attendant
  10. gate
  11. lavatory
  12. life jacket
  13. metal detector
  14. overhead compartment
  15. oxygen mask
  16. pilot
  17. seat belt
  18. security checkpoint
  19. security officer
  20. terminal
  21. ticket counter
  22. tray table
  23. window seat
  24. X-ray machine


Follow-Up Activity

What are the most important points you look for when choosing an airline for your next flight? Rank the following points from the most to least important: price, destination, length of flight, on-time record, meals, comfort and seating, and customer service. Then, choose a destination and compare two different airlines and see which company suits your needs for your next flight.

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