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Airport Security - Part 3

Airport Security - Part 3

 

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Airport Security 3 – Going through the checkpoint


Hello! In this lesson, we will learn the English associated with going through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint. In previous lessons, we have learned about checking in with the airline, checking bags and getting them X-rayed, and learning about the TSA flight rules for travelers. In this lesson, we will practice going through the checkpoint.

In this dialog, David and Jennifer have already checked the baggage and gotten it X-rayed. They are approaching the TSA checkpoint, where a TSA agent is standing at a tall desk, checking people's documents. Behind that TSA agent, we can see the large X-ray machine where they will place their carry-on luggage.

TSA Agent #1: May I see your ID and boarding pass?

Jennifer: Here's mine.

David: Here's my boarding pass and here's my passport.

TSA #1: (examining carefully, and then handing documents back) Okay, you can go ahead.

Jennifer: (taking off shoes and placing in bin) We have to take our shoes off.

David: (taking off jacket and placing in bin) We have to take our jackets off.

Jennifer: This is my face lotion and perfume. (quart bag in bin)

David: I have to get my computer out. (computer in bin)

TSA Agent #2: (at metal detector) Ma'am, come on through.)

TSA Agent #2: Sir, come along through. (RING)

TSA #2: Go back through sir. Are you carrying a weapon?

David: No.

TSA #2: Empty your pockets and place the contents in that small dish.

David: Okay. (emptying pockets on coins and keys)

TSA# 2: Let's try again. Come on. (RING)

TSA # 2: Do you have metal on your belt? Take off your belt, sir.

David: (taking off belt, placing in dish) Okay.

TSA# 2: Come on, try again.

David: Okay. (walking through) (no ring) Thanks.

TSA #2: Go ahead sir. Hurry up, you're holding up the line.

Jennifer: (waiting with shoes on and bag repacked) Hi.

David: (frustrated) Wait a second while I get my belt back on. (putting on belt as it comes through x-ray.)

The first TSA agent asks "May I see your ID and boarding pass?". He might have said "Boarding pass and passport, please.", or "I'll need to see your boarding pass and ID.". He might have asked "Can you let me see your passport and boarding pass?", or "May I take a look at your boarding pass and some ID?". The TSA agent will take the ID and examine it carefully for authenticity with a flashlight and possibly with other equipment .

Jennifer says, "Here's mine."

David says "Here's my boarding pass and here's my passport.".

They could have said "Here they are.", which would refer to both a form of ID and the boarding pass. They could have said "Here you go.", or "Here you are.". Either David or Jennifer could say "Here are my boarding pass and ID.". And they could simply hand the boarding pass and ID to the TSA agent without speaking.

The TSA agent says "Okay, you can go ahead." He could have said "Go on to the next station.", or "Proceed to the next station.". He might have said "Okay." If there were a problem, he might say. "Step to the side, please.". He might say "Wait here while I call another agent.". If the TSA agent asks one member of the family to step aside and allows the others to go through, another family member may ask "Can I stay with him?" or "Can I stay with her?". If the answer is no, the other family member can ask "Where should I wait?". However, neither the person who is held back nor the other family member should argue with a TSA agent. Arguing will only prolong the process.

Jennifer says "We have to take our shoes off.". She places her shoes in a bin. She is glad she remembered to wear nylon footlets under her shoes so her feet will not have to touch the floor. If she had forgotten to take off her shoes, the agent might have reminded her by saying "Take off your shoes." or "Remove your shoes and put them in the bin." or "Shoes off and in the bin." or "Shoes in the bin, please.".

David says "We have to take our jackets off." If he had forgotten, the

TSA agent might have reminded him by saying "Remove your jacket and put it in the bin." or "Remove all outerwear and put it in the bin." or "Please take off your jacket and place it in the bin." or "Your jacket has to go in the bin, sir.". The agent might have said "You have to put your outerwear in the bin." or "We need that jacket in the bin.".

Jennifer says "This is my face lotion and perfume.". She has them in a quart-sized (liter-sized) transparent plastic zip-lick bag. She does not have any containers of liquid in her carry-on bag that are larger than 3 ounces (100 ml). She removes and places the plastic bag containing her liquids in the bin separate from her purse and shoes. If she had forgotten, the TSA agent might have reminded her by saying "Your liquids go in a baggie, ma'am." or "Put your liquids in a plastic bag, please." or "Miss, please put your liquids in a quart bag.".

David says "I have to get my computer out.". He puts it in a bin for examination. If he had forgotten, the agent might have reminded him by saying "Put your computer in a bin." or "Take your computer out of the bag and place it in a bin." or "Take out your computer and place it in the bin for examination.". The agent could have said "Sir, please take your computer out of your suitcase.".

The agent says to Jennifer, "Ma'am, come on through." He motions for her to walk through the metal detector. He might have said "Walk through the metal detector." or "You may proceed.". He could have said "Proceed through the metal detector.".

Then the agent says to David "Sir, come along through.". He wants David to walk through the metal detector. He could have asked "Can you come through now, sir?" or "Can you walk through the metal detector?".

When David sets off the metal detector, the agent says "Go back through, sir. Are you carrying a weapon?". He could have said "Start over, sir. Do you have a weapon?" or "Do it again. Are you in possession of a firearm?".

When David says "No.", he means that he does not have a weapon. He could have said "I do not have a weapon." or "No, I do not have any weapons." or "I am not carrying a firearm.". He could have said "I don’t know what is setting off the alarm." or "I don’t know what it is.".

The agent says "Empty your pockets and place the contents in that small dish.". He could have said "Take everything out of your pockets and place it in that small dish." or "Put the contents of your pockets in that dish.". He could have said "Remove everything from your pockets and place it in that dish.".

The agent says "Let's try again. Come on." He could say "Walk through again, sir. Come along.". or "Walk toward me again, sir.".

Then the agent says "Do you have metal on your belt? Take off your belt, sir.". He could have said "Your belt might be setting off the alarm. Remove your belt, please." or "Take your belt off, sir.".

When David says "Okay.", he means that he will remove his belt and try again. The agent says "Come on. Try again." The agent is becoming impatient because David is wasting his time by not being prepared to go through the metal detector. The agent could have said "Start over again." or "Walk back through." or "Let's start over.".

David tries a final time, and the alarm does not sound. He thanks the agent by saying "Thanks." He could say "Thank you.", even though he sees that the agent is not happy with him.

The agent says "Go ahead sir. Hurry up, you're holding up the line.". The agent could have said "You're good to go, sir. Move along. People are waiting.". He could have said "You are cleared to proceed sir. Get along. There's a line behind you.".

Jennifer is waiting when David gets through the line. He is very frustrated and has to wait for his belt. He says "Wait a second while I get my belt back on.". He could have said "Please wait because I have to put on my belt." or "Hang on while I put my belt back on.".

David and Jennifer are now cleared through the TSA security check. As long as they stay on the secure side of the gate, they will be able to fly from place to place within the U.S. without going through the TSA security checkpoint again. Once they cross through to the other side, however, they will need to start over in order to fly.

Outstanding! You are ready to negotiate the U.S. TSA security checkpoint! "Take off your shoes!".