Иностранный язык: Контрольные работы по английскому языку для студентов 1-2 курса заочного отделения исторического факультета. Мартемьянова Н.В - 34 стр.

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TRAVELLING BY AIR
The rules for passengers who are going abroad are similar in most countries, but
sometimes there might be a slight difference in formalities.
If, for instance, you are supposed to begin with going through the customs, youd
better fill in the customs declaration before you talk to the customs officer. An
experienced customs officer usually smells a smuggler, but he may ask any passenger
routine questions, for instance, have you got anything to declare? or Any spirits,
tobacco, present? The usual answers would be, Yes, Ive got some valuables, but Ive
put them down in the declaration, or Ive got two blocks of cigarettes for my own
use or something of that kind.
Then you go to the check-in counter where your ticket is looked at, your things are
weighed and labeled, a claim-check for each piece of luggage is inserted in the ticket
and you are given a boarding pass, which has a seat number on it. Of course, if your
luggage weighs more than 20kgs, you have to pay extra. The next formality is filling in
the immigration form and going through passport control. The form has to be filled in
block letters. You write your name, nationality, permanent address and the purpose of
your trip. In most countries there is also a security check when your carry-on luggage is
inspected. This is an anti-hijacking measure, and anything that might be dangerous or
disturbing to other passengers must be handed to one of the crew and only returned to
the owner after the plane has reached its destination.
After fulfilling all these formalities you go to the departure lounge where you can
have a snack, read a paper, buy something in the duty-free shop and wait for the
announcement to board the plane.
Some of these formalities are repeated when you arrive at your destination. The
customs declaration and the immigration form are often filled in on board the plane. At
the airport you may be met by a specially trained dog who will make sure that you are
not carrying drugs, and the immigration officer might want to know whose invitation
you are coming and whether you have a return ticket.
There is another inconvenience you have to be prepared for when travelling long
distances by plane. Its the jet-lag, a difference between the time you are accustomed to
and the new time.
At first you wont be feeling very well because of it, but dont worry it wont take
you long to get used to it.
Answer the questions:
1) Have you ever travelled long distances?
2) Have you ever had to go through the customs?
3) What are you supposed to write in the immigration form?
4) What can passengers do in the departure lounge?
5) Which do you prefer to travel by air or by land?