When you go to an English-speaking country, your first encounters of English will probably be at an airport. Check out these phrases to make checking into your flight a breeze!
I would like… This phrase is the standard and polite way to say that you want or you would desire something. For example, if you’re thirsty, you might say “I would like some water.”
What time is my flight? Airports are not always great for communicating travel times, but this question will help make sure you don’t miss your flight and you get to your English-speaking destination.
What airline am I flying? An airline is the company which owns the plane you’re flying on.
Where is my gate? A gate is the point of entry to the airplane, and it is the place where you will wait before boarding your flight.
Where is the restroom? A restroom is a place where you go to freshen up and use the toilet. This phrase has many variations, and countries call this room many different things: a bathroom, a washroom, the toilets.
On the Airplane
So, you’ve made it through the airport, and you’re on the airplane. Check out these phrases for having a good flight.
Are meals included? A meal is a collection of food served at one time. Not all airlines provide meals, so it may be good to ask if you’ll be fed on your flight.
May I have something to eat/drink? Your meals aren’t included? Use this phrase to get some food or a drink anyway.
May I purchase headphones? What good is the television on the plane if you don’t have any headphones (devices that you can plug in to hear the TV)? Ask the flight attendant (the person working on the airplane) if you can buy a pair.
What time is it? This is a standard question for figuring out what time of the day it is. This may be a useful question to ask when you are flying over different time zones.
After the airport and the airplane comes the most stressful experience for travelers: customs. This is the part where you have to explain why you have arrived in a country and tell officers what your intentions are. But don’t stress! These phrases will help you out.
I have a connecting flight. If you’ve arrived in a country where you will not be staying, this is how you say you will be boarding another plane to go somewhere else.
I am traveling for leisure. If you’re traveling for fun or for vacation, use this phrase to let the officer know.
I am traveling for work. If you’re traveling on behalf of your company or you are on business, this phrase will tell the officer that.
I will be here for ___ days. In the blank, give the number of days you will be at your English-speaking destination.
I am visiting family. If you have family members at your destination, the customs officer will want to know this. Make sure you tell them the name and address of your family if they ask.
I am staying at _____. The customs officer may ask you where you will be sleeping at your destination. Have the name of your hotel ready.