Fifteen Words You Need to Know for the Airport

You are going on a trip! Here are the fifteen words you need to know before you go to the airport.

passport1. Passport  (noun)

A small book from your government that lets you travel abroad. Take it with you when you travel!

Example: I forgot my passport at home and missed my flight!


296-125011872002W22. International flight (noun)

A flight that starts in one country and goes to another country. A trip that takes you to different country.

Example: The American went on an international flight to Tokyo.


3. Domestic flight (noun)

A flight that starts in one country and ends in the same country. A trip that stays within the same country.

Example: The man took a domestic flight from Los Angeles to New York.


terminal4. Terminal (noun)

Different sections of the airport where flights leave from and arrive at. These are sometimes divided into international terminals (going outside the country) or domestic terminals (for flights staying in the country. Larger airports have a lot of terminals that are divided up by airlines.

Example: My flight flies out of Terminal 1. It is the terminal for international departures.


5. Check in (verb)check in airport

This is when you line up at your airline company and get your boarding pass. You may also check bags with the airline to send them to your final destination.

Example: When you arrive at your terminal in the airport, the first thing you need to do is to check in for your flight and get your boarding pass.


boarding pass6. Boarding pass (noun)

This is the document that allows you to pass through security and get on your plane. It can be a paper boarding pass, or from an email or digital file sent to your cell phone.

Example: When you go to check in for your flight, they take your larger suitcases and hand you a boarding pass.


7. Departures Screen (noun)departures screen

This is the monitor or screen that shows the time that each flight is leaving. This screen also shows you which terminal and gate the flight will leave from. After you get your boarding pass, it is a good idea to check the departures screen to make sure the gate information has not changed.

Example: Oh no! When I double-checked the departures screen, it said the gate has changed for my flight! Now I have to run all the way to Gate 78!


8. Security (noun)

This is where you pass a metal detector and put your bags through an X-Ray machine. The security officers are looking for weapons, drugs and other dangerous materials. The United States security will make you either drink or throw away your water or other drinks.

Example: What an idiot! He tried to bring a knife through security! Now the police are arresting him.


gate9. Gate (noun)

This is where you wait for your flight. There are chairs to sit in, and usually TVs to watch so you don’t get board. You leave the gate and walk down a gangway to get on the plane.

Example: I was waiting at Gate A43 for two hours, then I found out that the gate number had changed! I had to go all the way to Gate B12 in order to catch my flight.


10. Duty-Free Shop (noun)

You have two hours before your flight leaves. This is the best time to do some shopping! Inside security, there are Duty-Free shops where you can buy a lot of different luxury products for a cheaper price.

Example: Where did you buy that Coach bag? I got it at the Duty-Free shops!


11. Immigration (noun)

After you arrive in another country, you get off the plane. You have to pass a hallway where officers check your passport and visa. The officer might ask you questions like, “What is the purpose of your trip?” If you smile and answer honestly, this is no problem!

Example: You are not allowed to take pictures inside Immigration.


baggage claim12. Baggage Claim (noun)

After you pass through Immigration, you have to go and collect your bags. Go to the Baggage Claim Area and look for the carousel for your flight. The carousel is the moving belt that carries the bags in a circle.

Example: I went to baggage claim to collect my bag, but it wasn’t there. I think the airline lost my suitcase!


13. Customs (noun)

After you get your bag at the baggage claim area, you must pass another checkpoint. Here the customs officers check to make sure you are not bringing in any weapons, plants, drugs or money that is illegal in the country you are going to. You may be asked to let them search your bags. Do not try to bring fresh fruit or seeds through customs.

Example: My friend’s mom tried to bring a pineapple through customs, but they wouldn’t let her. I don’t know how she got it on the plane in the first place!


14. Connecting Flight (noun)

Sometimes you arrive in another country at a city that is not your final destination. Then you have to take another flight to bring you to the city you are traveling to. Sometimes you have to wait a long time for your connecting flight. This time you have to wait before your connecting flight is called a layover.

Example: My flight arrived in Austin two hours late and I don’t know if I will be able to catch my connecting flight to New York. 


15. Exchange Currency (verb+object)

Once you arrive in another country, you will probably need to get some of the local money. Go to one of the booths in the airport or to a bank to trade your money in for the local currency (money)Often these exchange booths will make you pay a percentage fee to trade money.

Example: I just got into Brazil, but I only have US dollars. I need to go to exchange some currency.


Of course, there are many other words to learn about airports and traveling, but these are the essential ones to learn first. Good luck and happy travels!

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