But for many of you who travel frequently or will be going somewhere this summer, it's important to recognize some airport vocabularies. You must be prepared! Listen to how each of the words are said and keep practicing!
Boarding pass: a "pass" given to a passenger after he/she has purchased the ticket. It may be an electronic boarding pass or printed for the passenger after check-in at the airport
Trolley: a cart used at the airport for people to put their items on (suitcases, purses, boxes)
Transfer: when a person switches from one flight to another. In many cases, to reach a finaly destination requires a passenger to take one flight for a few hours, then get off the flight at another location, wait a few hours then board another flight. Sometimes it may take one or two transfers.
Check-in: the act of registering with an airline at the airport that the passenger has arrived and confirm information about his/her travel or "check-in" luggage. These days a passenger may also do online check-in before arriving to the airport. A "check-in counter" is where a passenger would "check-in" at the airport.
Metal detector: a electronic device that a passenger usually walks through at the airport to detect any metal or harmful objects a person may be carrying on his/her body.
Pat down: If a passenger triggers the alarm through the metal detector, an officer at the airport suspects you might be carrying something that is not permitted and will perform a pat down. This is when an officer will run a hand-held device over your body to check for any dangerous or forbidden items.
X-ray: a machine that you must put your hand-carry items through to check for forbidden or dangerous items
Immigration: area of the airport where officers will check for your identity by checking your passport, visas, and sometimes ask a few questions about your travel
Baggage claim: the area of the airport where you would pick up your check-in luggage, usually located before you exit the airport
Pilot: the trained person who flies the airplane
Flight attendant: an employee of the airline who takes care of you on the flight