Эта разговорная тема по английскому языку описывает обычные процедуры в аэропорту, процессы, с которыми приходится сталкиваться каждому, кто совершает перелеты на самолете.
Тема "At the Airport" включает в себя информацию:
Most airlines have at
least 2 classes of travel, first class and economy class. Economy
class tickets are much less expensive. Each passenger more than 2
years old gets a free luggage allowance. Generally this weight limit is 20 kg
of checked baggage for economy class passengers and 30 kg for first class
passengers. If you check excess luggage you’ll have to pay a fee
calculated by the number of extra pieces and the extra weight. Every passenger
is also allowed one small carry-on bag, for instance a laptop computer or small
The rules for passengers who are traveling abroad are
similar in most countries but there are, sometimes, slight differences. Here
are some things to remember: if, for instance, you need to go through Customs,
try to fill in the customs declaration before you talk to the customs officer.
He will ask every passenger the same, routine questions about whether he is
carrying anything he wants to declare: like tobacco, alcohol, presents, and
sums of money. At the check-in counter, your ticket is looked at, your things
are weighed and labeled with their destination.
The next formality is filling
in the immigration form and going through passport control. Remember to have a
black or blue pen with you because the immigration form has to be filled in
block letters. You write your name, nationality, permanent address and the
purpose of your trip. In most countries there is also a security check when
your carry-on-luggage is inspected. This is an anti-terrorism measure, and
anything in your luggage that might be dangerous or disturbing to other
passengers must be handed over to one of the crew and will only be returned to
the owner after the plane has reached its destination.
After fulfilling all
these formalities you go to the departure lounge where you can have a snack,
read a paper or buy something in the duty-free shop and wait for the
announcement to board the plane. When you arrive at your
destination, some of these same formalities will undoubtedly be repeated. Often
while on board the plane you will be given a customs declaration and
immigration form to fill in. At the airport you may be met by a
specially trained dog whose job it is to make sure that no passengers are
carrying any illegal drugs. In addition, the immigration officer
might want to inspect your visa, your invitation and even your return ticket.
There is one inconvenience you have to be prepared for when you’re traveling long distances by plane. It's a difference between the time you are accustomed to and the time of the place you’re traveling to, especially if it’s far from home. At first you won't feel very well because of that difference in time, - that’s called “jet lag” - but don't worry about it, shortly you’ll be as good as new!