Travel English You Must Know

Check-in

Hi there! I’m LJ, from Wall Street English. Today I’m going to talk about Airport English.

When you’re at the check-in counter, you might hear some of the following questions or sentences.

  • Do you have an e-ticket?
  • May I have your passport, please?
  • Do you have a carry-on bag?
  • Are you checking any bags?
  • Would you like a window seat or an aisle seat?
  • Could you place your bag on the scale?
  • Is the flight on time?
  • You’ll board at Gate 102.
  • When should I be at the gate?
  • I’m afraid your passport has expired.
  • Your baggage is overweight.

Here’s an example.

Staff: Good afternoon. May I have your ticket and passport, please?

Me: Here you are.

Staff: Are you checking any bags?

Me: No. I’ve only got one carry-on bag.

Staff: Okay. Would you like a window seat or an aisle seat?

Me: Window, please.

Staff: Sure, no problem…. I can give you K1, by the window…Here’s your boarding pass. You’ll board at Gate 102. Your flight departs at 4:30 p.m. Please be at the gate 30 minutes before departure. Enjoy your flight.

Me: Thanks.

When you’re lost at the airport, you can ask:

  • Where’s the check-in counter for Wall Street Airlines?
  • Excuse me, where is Gate 102?
  • How do I get to Gate 102?

When you need to go through the customs, you might hear…

  • Please lay your bags flat on the conveyor belt, and use the bins for small objects.
  • Take off your shoes.
  • Do you have anything in your pockets – keys, cell phone?
  • You must dump all food or beverages.

When you’re waiting for your flight at the gate, you might hear some of the following sentences.

  • Wall Street Airlines Flight A241 to Osaka is now boarding.
  • Please have your boarding pass and passport ready for boarding.
  • We’re now inviting passengers with small children to begin boarding.
  • We would like to invite all passengers to board.
  • This is the final boarding call for Wall Street Airlines Flight A241 to Osaka.

That’s it for today. See you next time!

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