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Study the following script and remember if you have heard any of it alive while on board a plane.


Air New Zealand welcomes all passengers on board this Boeing 747 flight to San Francisco. Please listencarefully to these safety instructions - even if you are a frequent flyer - as they are, specifically for thisaircraft.

All carry-on luggage should be safely stowed in the overhead lockers or under the seat in front of you. Inpreparing for takeoff, make sure your seat back is straight up and your tray table locked away.

Click your seat belt closed and fit it snugly around your hips. Seatbelts must be worn at all times when seated. When the seatbelt sign is turned off, you may move freely around the cabin. Return to your seatimmediately if the seat belt sign is switched on and fasten your seat belt.

No smoking is allowed on this flight in any part of the cabin, including the toilet areas.

All electronic equipment including cell phones, electronic games and computers must be turned off now asthey may interfere with the aircraft's navigation system. When we reach our cruising height, computersmayagain be used. Cell phones must remain turned off until you are inside the terminal at our destination.

Right now the crew are indicating the nearest emergency exit. Count the rows from your seat to the exit.

In an emergency, strip lights on the floor will guide you to the exit.

If oxygen is needed in an emergency, an oxygen mask will be released from above you. Place the maskover your mouth and nose and tighten the strap. Pull down on the hose to start the oxygen flowing. Makesure you put on your mask first before assisting others such as children.

Life jackets are found under your seat or under your arm rest. In the event of the plane having to land onwater, put your head through the hole and pull the jacket over your head. Click the waist band clipandtighten your belt. To inflate your jacket, pull the tabs at the end of the chords. If more inflation isneeded,blow through the tube on the jacket. Do not fully inflate your jacket until you are leaving the plane.

Look in the seat pocket in front of you for the safety instruction card. Please make yourself familiar withit as it explains the safety features of this aircraft.

As we are about to take off, make sure your seat is fully upright and your seat back tray is stowed. Sitback and enjoy your flight. The flight time to today is approximately 12 1/2 hours and we should have clearskies all the way as we fly over the Pacific Ocean.


7. Find in the text above and in the pictures given below the English equivalents for the following words and word combinations:

инструктажпобезопасности, ручнойбагаж/ручнаякладь, укладывать/ складывать, верхние запирающиеся ящики,откидной столик, запереть/спрятать под замок, застегните/расположите ремень безопасности удобно, знак «пристегните ремни», пристегнуть/застегнуть ременьбезопасности, мешатьработе навигационной системы, высота подъема на ходу, запасной выход, светящиеся указатели местоположениязапасного выхода, кислородная маска, выпадатьсверху, затянутьремень, потянитезашланг, помогатьдругим, спасательный жилет,подлокотник, просуньте голову в проём и наденьте жилет через голову, застёжка на ремне на поясе, надутьжилет,потяните за петли, подуйтевтрубку, карман на сидении, карточка с инструкцией побезопасности, меры обеспечения безопасности, сиденье полностью вертикально, откиньтесь, безоблачнаяпогода, опора для головы, кнопка блокировки, принять безопасную позу на случай аварийной посадки.




Text 4.                          AIRPLANE TICKETS

First airline tickets were introduced in Germany in 1910 and later on each airline issued tickets which were usually typed with a typewriter or sometimes they were actually handwritten. Nowadays there are several ways of booking airline tickets.


First of all you can consult a travel agent, but beware of travel agents who pass on deals to you that would be disadvantageous. Nevertheless travel agent deals with the nitty-gritty of booking flights for you. All you have to do is provide him/her with a travel itinerary, the cash and your ticket is in your hands in the nick of time.


Then you can book a ticket yourself. Make a call to your preferred airline and ask for a list of available flights, scan the list and refrain from grabbing at the first offer that comes your way. And finally make the reservation.


Booking on-line have been all the rage lately and now it is the most typical way of booking tickets. In order to make the reservation you need to surf the net and log-in to airline search engine. There you are provided with the list of available flights and you are allowed to compare fares offered by other similar companies. Once you have selected a specific flight schedule that will fit your travel itinerary, you will be asked to fill out a form online and make the purchase using your credit card. When booking on-line read carefully the notes on other fees and charges you might incur during a trip, such as fees for checking in bags, onboard snacks, and the like.


In this connection e-tickets or electronic tickets are becoming more and more popular. Online booking sites of airlines issue electronic tickets to the buyers, during this operation; the data of the client is transferred to the airline company's computer database. The data will be used at the airport when the traveler boards the plane.

One could say that electronic tickets are the substitutes of paper flight tickets, similarly as credit cards are the substitutes of cash. E-tickets have advantages for the travelers and for the airline companies as well. For the travelers, electronic tickets have the advantages that they cannot be lost or deteriorated and that they are a bit cheaper in the case of those airlines that charge an additional fee for printing/issuing paper tickets.

Though, most airlines still use the conventional paperwork and some people dislike computerized operations (especially the older generation that is not familiarized with computers and identification codes).


Another type of the so-called tickets of new generation is the open jaw tickets. The open jaw tickets are a particular type of round trip tickets that connect more than 2 cities. With these plane tickets, the traveler can fly from one city to another one and then, later return to the departure city, not from the destination city, but from a third city.

Most flyers know that round trip tickets are cheaper than one way ones. With open jaw tickets you'll have a similar advantage ... And also the advantage of flexibility. By purchasing open jaw tickets, you'll pull out less money from your pocket; theoretically you should pay half price. Open jaw tickets are ideal for tourists seeking to discover a certain region of the World, without making too many stopovers. If you're travelling to more than 1 country/city, you should check at your airline/travel agency, if your destinations can be combined.


With the advent of the modern airline tickets, airports are now able to service an enormous number of people quickly and orderly. While airports can sometimes be a hassle to deal with, without airline tickets the experience would be much worse.



1. Answer the following questions:

1. What are the ways of booking airline tickets now?

2. What is more common nowadays: e-tickets or paper tickets?

3. Do you usually buy tickets from a manned ticket counter or from a ticket machine?

4. How common is online check-in today?


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