Useful Vocabulary for Travelling by Plane

A video lesson will teach you many useful expressions that can be heard while travelling by plane.
Useful Vocabulary for Travelling by Plane
Luggage or baggage? The two are often synonims, though "baggage" is used for irregular items (e.g. golf clubs) and "luggage" for things packed in suitcases. Moreover, "luggage" but not "baggage" can also refer to the suitcase itself; when you buy a suitcase you're buying luggage, not baggage, but when you fill it up and get on a plane you're carrying either luggage or baggage.

Air Travel vocabulary

a bordo= aboard -- accumulare miglia= to earn miles -- andata e ritorno= round trip -- assistenza clienti= customer care -- assistenza speciale= special assistance -- atterrare= to land -- autorizzazione a procedere = clearance -- autorizzazione ad usare una linea aerea diversa = Endorsment -- bagagliaio= luggage compartment -- bagaglio a mano= hand luggage, carry-on -- bagaglio consentito = baggage allowance -- bagaglio da registrare= luggage to be checked in -- bagaglio smarrito= lost luggage -- bagaglio speciale= special luggage -- bagno= restroom -- banco di registrazione= check in -- biglietto a pagamento anticipato = APEX -- biglietto smarrito = lost ticket -- cabina= cabin -- carta d'identità= ID card -- carta d'imbarco = boarding pass -- classe economica= economy -- controllo del traffico aereo = Air Traffic Control -- controllo, ricerca= tracking -- corridoio= aisle -- decollo = take off -- documenti di viaggio= travel documents -- eccedenze= extra luggage -- finestrino, oblò= window -- frontiera= custom -- mancata presenza alla partenza = no show -- navetta = shuttle -- oggetti smarriti = Lost & Found -- ora stimata di arrivo = ETA -- ora stimata di passaggio sulla verticale = ETO -- orari = timetable, schedule -- passerella d'imbarco = finger -- penalità per la cancellazione = cancellation penalty -- pista = runway -- pontile d'imbarco passeggeri = Loading Bridge -- prenotazione= booking -- prenotazione in eccesso = overbooking -- reclamo= claim -- registrazione= check in -- registrazione per l'imbarco = check in -- rullaggio = taxing -- sala d'attesa= lounge -- sedile, posto= seat -- servizi di aereoporto= airport facilities -- solo andata = one way -- spettacoli = entertainment -- stato del volo = flight status -- tariffa piena = full fare -- tariffa promozionale = promotional fare -- tempo di rotta stimato = ETE -- torre di controllo = Tower -- uscita d'imbarco = gate -- velocità di crociera = cruise speed -- visto (autorizzazione)= visa -- volo= flight -- volo diretto= direct flight -- volo non stop= nonstop flight
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[0:00] Hi! My name's Niharika and welcome to a new lesson! Today we are going to look at some vocabulary related to an aircraft and why you are aboard.

[0:18] Now, most of us have been on an aircraft before, and there are times when we get a little confused to use the right words. Now, of course all the International airlines - the staff of the International Airlines speak English so it's important for us to know the right words, right?

[0:37] So in this lesson I'm gonna help you with the same. Let's have a look here. The first one is "to board" or "to embark". Now of course when we are traveling by air the first thing, after you have checked in and after you've gone through immigration processes, the first thing that you do is you board an aircraft, right?

[1:00] Especially when you hear these announcements at the airport when they say: "the flight so-and-so is ready to board". So this means that you are ready to go on the aircraft, okay? So you begin your process to enter the aircraft. So that is "to board" or "to embark". Ok?

[1:18] Then we have "cabin". Now, the moment you enter the aircraft you see the cabin. The cabin is the interiors of the aircraft. Okay? So the interior of an aircraft.

[1:45] Then we have "flight attendant". So when you enter the aircraft that this beautiful girl who welcomes you with a big smile and says "Welcome aboard!". so this lady is the flight attendant, okay?

[2:00] So she is the one, and other crew members are the people who were gonna help the passengers during the flight, okay? So they will be there for your assistance.

[2:11] So they have different roles, of course, commonly called flight attendants, the girls, okay, are called air hostess whereas the men are called stewards okay? And they are also called us "cabin crew".

[2:30] Okay? So they are the ones who help the passengers during our flight.

[2:38] Now we also have "aisle". So after the lady has welcomed to you the first thing that you see in the aircraft is the aisle. The aisle is the open space that you walk through to find your seats, okay? And in the aircraft you have a window seat and you have an aisle seat, okay? The window seat is of course the seat next to the window - especially children would often go for window seats because they like seeing out of the window, right?

[3:09] Now, of course we have aisle seats also so the long passage in between the rows now of course you have aisle rows in the theatre, in a supermarket, and in aircrafts, okay?

[3:20] Since the long passage that you walk through, so the seats next to the aisle are called the "aisle seats" , okay? So many people prefer aisle seats, right?

[3:32] And of course we also have middle seats on an aircraft, so in the huge aircraft and we have middle seats also, which usually I don't prefer because it's not too comfortable, okay? So these are the types of seats that you have on an aircraft.

[3:45] Now let's have a look here: we have "overhead bin". Now overhead bins are these compartments where you can store your carry-on luggage, okay?

[3:59] So you have these laptop bags or your small carry-on bags that you carry when you walk into the aircraft. So you are supposed to store these in the overhead bin, okay? It's right about your seats. So these are called "overhead bins" or overhead compartments, okay?

[4:21] Then let's have a look here: we have "galley". Now "galley" is the place where all your meals are stored, okay? The flight attendants prepare or they heat the meals that are to be served to the passengers, okay? So that is called "galley".

[4:40] And we also have a "cockpit". Of course, cockpit is the most important part of the aircraft, it's the control room for the pilots so the pilots, ok the pilot and the co-pilot, they sit in the cockpit in order to control the aircraft, okay?

[4:57] It's really interesting, as a kid I used to be really inquisitive to go see what's there in the cockpit, it's just so bright, and several then that's really interesting. So that's the cockpit and of course we have the pilot and a co-pilot, they're also called as "captains", okay? So they are the ones who control or who fly your aircraft, okay?

[5:23] So, they are the ones who take all the risk, okay, of course aircraft are risky I mean at least I find them a little risky so they are the people who take care, who fly the airplanes, okay? So the pilot is the main captain and there's a co-pilot, is the assistant to the pilot, right?

[5:45] So these are the things that you would see in an aircraft and now let's have a look at some more vocabulary

[5:54] So now let's have a look at some vocabulary here. We have "taxing" now what is taxing? Now, many times you might have seen on the screens at the airport that the flight is taxing, flight so-and-so is taxing so what exactly it means...

[6:11] Well, it means that the aircraft is slowly moving on the ground, okay, and goes to the right position, the right area, especially to take off, okay?

[6:22] So the flight moves around the airport or the ground and it goes in the runway, okay? So that is taxing out. Now, "taxing in" is when the flight lands, okay? And then it moves around the airport or on the ground and comes to a position where people can disembark, okay? When people can deboard the flight, right? So that is "taxing".

[6:48] Now we have "take off". Now once the aircraft reaches the runway it's all ready to take off okay, so that it catches real high speed and it goes in... starts flying it just leaves the ground, the wheels leave the ground so that is the "take off".

[7:08] And many people go through "motion sickness", okay, they really feel sick to their stomach, right, they feel like puking or they just feel really dizzy, so that is called as "motion sickness". In fact, many children also go through that.

[7:25] And you might have also experienced that in your ears pop in and pop out right so it just - kind of - you can't hear things, so that is also related to motion sickness, okay?

[7:38] Then we have "to cruise". Now, once the flight has taken off, okay? It's in the air, tries to get a higher altitude, and once it is at a steady speed the plane starts cruising, okay?

[7:55] And that is when you would hear the signals wherein "you can unfasten your seatbelts", okay, you can move around, you can use the washrooms, okay? So that is when the plane is flying at a steady speed, so this means that the plane is"cruising", okay?

[8:09] Then we have "turbulence". Now, you know at times the plane's really gets a little shaky, okay? and I usually get really scared when the plane does that, okay? so it gets very bumpy, so you would hear the pilot announcing that "we are experiencing some turbulence so please get back to your seats and fasten in your seat belts", okay?

[8:39] So, what is turbulence? now turbulence is when the winds are not smooth, okay, they're really..... I think they are really rough so that is when the plane gets really bumpy. So the right word to use is that the plane is experiencing turbulence, okay?

[9:00] Then we have "call light", call light is the small button where - which is just above your seat, okay? on the top that is used when you need some assistance , okay? So once you press that, the cabin crew or the flight attendant would come for your assistance, okay? so that is the call light

[9:23] We have "flight entertainment", flight entertainment is, you know, we have these small LCD screens, many aircraft - especially long distance flights - do offer flight entertainment, okay, we have these small screens on the back of the seat in front of you, okay?

[9:41] And you can play music, you do receive headsets, okay you can ask for headsets from the flight attendants and you can use these in order to listen to music or play some movies, okay so that's called "flight entertainment".

[9:55] We also have "refreshments". Refreshments are usually up provided to the passengers in short distance flights, these are drinks and snacks, okay, they're not full meals, okay? so just maybe like a sandwich or maybe just like a small burger, okay, so - and with a drink, okay, so those are called refreshments , okay? they are not the full meals that are served.

[10:23] And the last one that we have is "touchdown". So, after a whole journey of course we are ready to land, okay, so that is when again the flight attendant would request you to fasten your seatbelts, right?

[10:38] And when they are ready to "land", so touchdown is basically when the flight lands, okay, the wheels touch the ground. So you would... you know hear passengers say "oh, it was such a smooth touchdown", so this means that was such a smooth landing.

[10:54] So these are certain words that you should know when you are traveling by an aircraft. So the next time you are taking a flight I hope this vocabulary lesson will be helpful to you. I will see you seen in your next lesson, till then take care and have a great day!