Going Through the Airport (Beg)


Students will practice using English in a foreign airport.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Trips

Warm Up (5 mins)

Organize the following words into two groups.

  • At the airport
  • On the plane
check-in seat belt overhead compartment security screen
lugagge cart drinks service boarding gate inflight meal


Listening (5 mins)

Listen to the audio and answer the questions.

1. The speaker usually travels:

a) economy class

b) business class

c) first class

2. Last year she travelled abroad:

a) once

b) twice

c) ten times

3. What problem did she have on a flight last year?

a) The flight was redirected due to bad weather

b) The flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems

c) The flight was very crowded

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Summarize the common problems which air travellers can experience.

Grammar (5 mins)


 "Can I" / "May I" / "Could I"  are all ways of asking if it is OK to do something.


Can I

Can I put this item in my carry-on luggage?

May I

May I put this bag under the seat?

Could I

Could I use your wifi connection?

Ask permission to do the following things.

  •  Put a small bottle of water in your carry-on bag.
  •  Use your laptop computer during takeoff.
  •  Choose an aisle seat for your flight.
  •  Pay your airport restaurant bill in Japanese Yen.

Ask permission to do various things in the departure airport, the arrival airport or on the plane. Use your imagination.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Word or expressionExample
open upPlease open up your suitcases = Please open your suitcases
take outPlease take out your food packages.
put awayPut away the boxes, please.
close upClose up your lugagge, please = Close your lugagge, please.
show meCould you please show me your souvenir items.

Imagine you are a customs officer at the airport. Practice giving directions to your instructor.

Role Play (15 mins)

Customs OfficerGood evening.
TravellerGood evening.
Customs OfficerDo you have anything to declare?
TravellerYes. I have some food in my bags.
Customs OfficerWhat kind of food?
TravellerI have some rice and some dried apricots. Can I bring dried apricots through Customs?
Customs OfficerCould you open up your bag and show them to me please?
TravellerSure. Here you are.
Customs OfficerI'm sorry but you aren't allowed to bring any kind of fruit into the country. You will need to leave the apricots here.
TravellerOh, I see. How about the rice. Is that OK?
Customs OfficerYes the rice is fine. Please close up your bag and go through the Customs exit over there. Thank you.
TravellerThank you.

Brainstorm with your instructor some items which may or may not be allowed through customs.

 e.g. wood carvings, meat products, expensive perfume, several bottles of alcohol. etc.

Imagine you are visiting a country and you want to give some of these items as gifts to your friends in the arrival country.

Repeat the role play and ask the Customs officer to explain about the arrival country's customs policy.

Extension Activity

What do you usually do when you are waiting for a flight to depart?

What do you like to do when you are on the plane during a long flight?

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !