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Airport Checkin - Part 2

Airport Checkin - Part 2

 

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Checking in at the Airline Counter P2


Hello! In this lesson, we will practice checking in at an airline counter. In a previous lesson, we learned the procedure and some English associated with checking in. In this lesson, we will watch as David checks in at the airline counter. He has a reservation and remembered to bring his flight number from his travel agency.

Counter agent: Hello, what can I do for you today?

David: Hi. I'd like to check in for a flight to Chicago please.

Counter agent: Do you have a reservation?

David: Yes, I made a reservation with my travel agent.

Counter agent: Flight number?

David: (hands her a sheet of paper)

Counter agent: Can I see a photo ID please, sir?

David: (gives her a photo ID)

Counter agent: (checks on computer) All right. It looks like you've prepaid for the flight.

David: Yes, I have.

Counter agent: Are you checking any luggage through to Chicago?

David: One bag.

Counter agent: There is fee of $25 for each checked bag. How do you want to cover that?

David: Oh, let me get my credit card. I'll use my credit card.
(she runs the card and he signs and puts the receipt in his pocket)

Counter agent: Okay, we'll weigh it. Please lift it onto the scale.

David: (puts bag on scale)

Counter agent: (ties a wrap around the handle)

Counter agent: All right. Take this over to security to be X-rayed (points toward a large X-ray machine)

David: Thank you.


After the counter agent greets David and asks him how she can help him, David says "I'd like to check in for a flight to Chicago, please.". Since he has a reservation, he can say he is "checking in". He could have said "I'm checking in for flight ___(number) to Chicago." or "I'm checking in for your 4:00 flight to Chicago." or "I have a reservation on Flight ___(number).". If he did not have a reservation, he would have said "I'd like to book a flight to Chicago.".

The agent at the counter asks "Do you have a reservation?". David answers "Yes, I made a reservation with my travel agent.". He could have said "Yes, I made a reservation online." or "Yes, I have an e-ticket.". If he didn't have a reservation, he could say, "No, I don’t have a reservation." or just "No, I don’t.".

The counter agent asks "Flight number?" She could have asked "What is the flight number?" or "Do you know the flight number?" or "Can you tell me the flight number?" or "Could you tell me the flight number?".

David has a printout of the flight information, which he gives to the airline agent at the counter.

The agent at the counter asks "Can I see a photo ID please sir?" She might have said "I'll need to see a photo ID." or "A photo ID, please." or "Do you have a photo ID?" or "You'll need to produce a photo ID.".

David gives her a photo ID.

The agent at the counter says "All right. It looks like you've prepaid for the flight.". The agent could have said "Looks like you've already paid for your flight." or "Your flight is paid for." or "You've already taken care of the flight." or "The flight is covered.". She could have said "You've already covered the flight." or "I see you've paid for the flight." or "The flight is prepaid.".

David agrees by saying "Yes, I have." He could have said "Yes, I paid my travel agent." or "I paid online." Or "Yes, I already paid for it." or "Yes, I prepaid.".

The agent at the counter asks "Are you checking any luggage through to Chicago?" She could have asked "Do you want to check any baggage? or "Do you have any bags to check?" or "Are you checking any bags?" or "Would you like to check any luggage?" or "Will you be checking any luggage?". She could have asked "Anything to check?" or "Checking anything?".

David answers "One bag.". He could have said "I have one bag to check." or "I'd like to check one bag." or "I have this suitcase.". He might have had a box, and could have said "I have this box to check." or "I have a trunk to check." or "I'd like to check this trunk.". If David didn't have anything to check, he could have said "I'm not checking anything through." or "I don’t have anything to check." or "I just have a carry-on.".

The agent at the counter says "There is a fee of $25 for each checked bag. How do you want to cover that?". She could have said "There is a $25 charge for each checked bag. How would you like to pay for that?" or "We charge $25 for each bag that is checked. How would you like to take care of that?".

David says "Oh let me get my credit card. I'll use my credit card." He could have said "I'll use credit." or if he wanted to use cash, he would have said "I'll pay cash." or "I'd like to pay cash." or "I'll cover it with cash." or "I'll take care of it with a cash.".

The agent at the counter says "Okay we'll weigh it. Please lift it onto the scale." She could have said "Let's weigh it. Put it on the scale." or "We have to weigh it. Place it on the scale.".

After David has his luggage weighed and tagged, the agent at the counter directs him to the security X-ray. She says "All right. Take this over to security to be X-rayed.". She could have said "Great. Carry the bag over to the X-ray machine where one of the agents will X-ray it for you.". She might have said "Go over to security to get your bag X-rayed.". She could have said "They'll X-ray your bag at security.".

If David didn't have anything to check, the agent at the airline counter would have directed him to the TSA security checkpoint. She might have said "You can go to your gate at any time." or "You can go through the checkpoint and on to your gate whenever you're ready." or "Proceed to the TSA checkpoint and then to your gate on the other side of the checkpoint." or "You can go through security whenever you want.".

Great! Now you know the English associated with going through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint to prepare for air travel in the U.S. "Have a nice trip!".