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terminal building
the part of an airport where planes arrive or depart from
departure lounge
the part of an airport where you wait until you get on the plane
departure board
a board in an airport or station that shows the times at which planes or trains leave
designated area
a place that is signed for a particular purpose (for example, a * smoking area)
check-in desk
a desk where you go to give in your bags and cases and have your ticket checked at an airport
check in
to show your travel documents to the airline staff in the airport so that you can begin your journey
checked luggage
large suitcases or bags which passengers don't carry with them onto the plane but which are put in the hold (the storage area of a plane)
excess baggage
bags, cases, etc. taken on to a plane that weigh more than the amount each passenger is allowed to carry without paying extra
baggage handler
a person who is responsible for your luggage, after you check-in, and takes it to the plane
confiscate
to take something away from someone as a punishment for doing something wrong
duty-free shop
a shop in an airport where you don't have to pay taxes on the goods you buy
gate
the place in the airport where you go to get onto your flight
board
to go onto a plane at the beginning of the journey
hand luggage
small bags or suitcases which passengers carry with them onto the plane
overhead locker
a storage area above passengers' heads in a plane
seatbelt
a safety feature on planes to secure passengers in their seats
fasten a seatbelt
to secure two parts of your seat-belt together
life jacket
a piece of clothing that can be filled with air and worn around your upper body to stop you from sinking in the water
oxygen mask
a piece of safety equipment which passengers put over their nose and mouth to help them breath if there is an emergency on a plane
taxi
to move a plane slowly along the ground before or after flying
control tower
the building in an airport which tells planes when it is safe for them to take off and land
air traffic control
an organization that determines the altitude, speed, and direction at which planes fly in a given area, giving instructions to pilots by radio
runway
the part of an airport, like a road, which planes use when arriving or departing from an airport
take off
to start flying in the air
pilot
a person who flies a plane
cockpit
the place where the pilots sit to control the plane
cruise
to fly at a steady speed
smooth flight
flight with no turbulence that does not shake or frighten you
cabin crew
the people who look after passengers during a flight
galley
the area on a plane where the cabin crew prepare meals and store duty-free goods etc.
trolley
a small cupboard with wheels. Cabin crews use it to take food and drink to passengers during a flight
tray-table
a small table that is stored in the back of the seat in front of you on a plane
hijacking
to use violence or threats to take control of a vehicle, especially a plane
approach
to fly at slow speak towards the runway
land
to bring a plane down to the ground
emergency landing
non-planned landing made by an aircraft in response to a crisis (technical problem, bad weather, terrorism, medical aid needing...)
standstill
a stop (a situation in which all activity or movement has stopped)
unfasten a seatbelt
to untie your seatbelt
disembark
to get off a plane
travelator
a moving band that you stand on, which moves you along a floor, especially at an airport
conveyor belt
a continuous moving band used for transporting goods from one part of a building to another, for example suitcases in an airport
luggage cart
a device on wheels that guests can push their luggage on
arrivals board
a schedule showing the times at which airplanes are expected to arrive
immigration officer
a person who checks your visa and passport when you go into a country
declare
to give information about goods or money you are bringing into a country
customs officer
a person who checks you are not trying to bring illegal food, drugs, guns or other items into a country