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Here are some expressions commonly used in discussing air travel matters.

Listen to air traffic control - a service which gives guidance to aircraft, to prevent collisions and manage efficient traffic flow
Listen to aisle - corridor in airplane between the seats
Listen to baggage claim - place where passengers go to find their luggage at the end of a flight
Listen to baggage tag - a document issued to identify your checked baggage
Listen to board - to get on or enter an airplane
Listen to boarding pass - a pass that allows you to board a plane
Listen to check in - to register for a flight, including checking of tickets, passports, luggage etc.
Listen to confirmation - passengerís telephone validation of return reservation
Listen to connecting flight - an airline flight that requires a passenger to get off one plane and get onto another plane to complete the journey
Listen to departures board - large display in airport showing times, destinations etc. of departing flights
Listen to direct flight - a flight on which passengers do not have to change planes, but may involve one or more stops en route
Listen to domestic - national, not international, within one country
Listen to duty free - not taxable; exempt from customs taxes
Listen to emergency exit - an exit which is intended to be used during an emergency
Listen to excess baggage - luggage that is more than the permitted or allowed weight
Listen to flight - a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports
Listen to gate - the point in an airport at which a particular flight arrives and departs
Listen to hand luggage - light bags, briefcases etc. that may be carried on board by passengers
Listen to immigration officer - government official responsible for checking passengersí passports
Listen to intermediate stop - stopover
Listen to jet lag - extreme tiredness etc. after a long flight between extreme time zones
Listen to luggage trolley - baggage cart
Listen to non-stop flight - service between two points with no scheduled stop en route
Listen to runway - the strip on which planes land and take off
Listen to scheduled flight - flight based on pre-determined schedules
Listen to stopover - a stopping place on a journey
Listen to take-off - a departure; especially of airplanes
Listen to terminal - station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
Listen to ticket - a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something as to ride on public transportation
Listen to 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.

Listen to Aisle seats give you somewhat more leg space, because you can stretch your legs into the aisle.
Listen to When your flight arrives at the airport, collect your luggage from the baggage claim area.
Listen to Checked baggage will be delivered at the destination airport specified on the baggage tag.
Listen to With so much going on in the terminal, make sure you keep one eye on the departures board for your flights.
Listen to The excess baggage fees are charged if you exceed your baggage allowance.
Listen to For a comfortable flight, it is recommended that you keep your hand luggage as light as possible to enable you to transport it yourself.
Listen to Melatonin, a hormone sold in supplement form at health food stores, may help decrease jet lag.
Listen to 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.
Listen to 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).
Listen to 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.


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