Here are some expressions commonly used in discussing air travel matters.
air traffic control - a service which gives guidance to aircraft, to prevent collisions and manage efficient traffic flow aisle - corridor in airplane between the seats baggage claim - place where passengers go to find their luggage at the end of a flight baggage tag - a document issued to identify your checked baggage board - to get on or enter an airplane boarding pass - a pass that allows you to board a plane check in - to register for a flight, including checking of tickets, passports, luggage etc. confirmation - passengerís telephone validation of return reservation connecting flight - an airline flight that requires a passenger to get off one plane and get onto another plane to complete the journey departures board - large display in airport showing times, destinations etc. of departing flights direct flight - a flight on which passengers do not have to change planes, but may involve one or more stops en route domestic - national, not international, within one country duty free - not taxable; exempt from customs taxes emergency exit - an exit which is intended to be used during an emergency excess baggage - luggage that is more than the permitted or allowed weight flight - a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports gate - the point in an airport at which a particular flight arrives and departs hand luggage - light bags, briefcases etc. that may be carried on board by passengers immigration officer - government official responsible for checking passengersí passports intermediate stop - stopover jet lag - extreme tiredness etc. after a long flight between extreme time zones luggage trolley - baggage cart non-stop flight - service between two points with no scheduled stop en route runway - the strip on which planes land and take off scheduled flight - flight based on pre-determined schedules stopover - a stopping place on a journey take-off - a departure; especially of airplanes terminal - station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods ticket - a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something as to ride on public transportation transit passenger - a passenger stopping at an airport that is not his destination Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.
Aisle seats give you somewhat more leg space, because you can stretch your legs into the aisle. When your flight arrives at the airport, collect your luggage from the baggage claim area. Checked baggage will be delivered at the destination airport specified on the baggage tag. With so much going on in the terminal, make sure you keep one eye on the departures board for your flights. The excess baggage fees are charged if you exceed your baggage allowance. For a comfortable flight, it is recommended that you keep your hand luggage as light as possible to enable you to transport it yourself. Melatonin, a hormone sold in supplement form at health food stores, may help decrease jet lag. A scheduled flight is one that has a regular fixed timetable. Charter is different only in having tour operators telling them when to fly for the season. Charter airlines might look like they have a fixed pattern but it will be different next season. The first non-stop flight around the world was made by a team of the US Air Force flyers in 1949. They were refuelled four times in the air by KB-29 tanker planes of the 43rd Air Refuelling Squadron, over the Azores, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Hawaii. The circumnavigation was completed on 2 March, having travelled 94 hours and 1 minute, covering 37 743 km (23,452 miles) at an average 398 km/h (249 mph). The task of ensuring safe operations of commercial and private aircraft falls on air traffic controllers who must coordinate the movements of thousands of aircraft, keep them at safe distances from each other, direct them during take-off and landing from airports, direct them around bad weather and ensure that traffic flows smoothly with minimal delays.