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Unit 7 :
Missing Connecting Flight

Pre-intermediate

Summary

If you missed your connecting flight, what will you do? 

Transportation 2

Have you ever missed the flight?

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Vocabulary

Repeat these words/ phrases after your teacher.

  • Alternate
  • Arrival
  • Accommodate
  • Shuttle bus
  • Track
  • Direct
  • Transportation
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Dialogue 1

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Dan

Counter staff

Our flight was late, and I missed my connecting flight.

We can help you find an alternate flight that will get you where you are going.

Whom should I call?

The arrival gate is where you need to find someone to help you. You are in the right place.

I think the flight we missed was the last flight out of here today.

We can go on the computer to try to find an alternate flight on another airline if we cannot accommodate you.

What if I get stuck here and can’t get out of this airport?

There is a shuttle bus that is still running and can take you into town to a hotel.

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Let’s practice

Complete the dialogue by choosing the correct answer.

1.

We’re going to land! When is  our ______ flight departure?
a) connecting     b) contact

2.

A:Am I going to miss my connecting flight?

B: ________________.

a) You have to transfer to terminal 3.     b) What time is your flight?

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Dialogue 2

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Counter staff

James

My flight just arrived late, and I need to know what to do.

That’s okay. The airline computer is keeping track of what is happening with you.

Do I have to call anyone?

By speaking with us at the arrival gate, we can fix the problem for you and direct you.

What if there are no more connecting flights for today on this airline?

We will go online to see if there is something available with this airline. If we need to, we can check for a flight with another carrier.

What if I can’t find another flight out of here tonight?

We can help you find transportation to a local hotel.

Will the airline pay for my room if I have to spend the night at the airport.

Since the flight delay was our fault and you are continuing on with our airline, we will cover the cost of a hotel room.

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Let’s Practice

Complete the dialogue by choosing the correct answer.

1.

A:Why is the flight being delayed?

B:______________.

  1. a) We’re waiting for clearance. We’ll be taking off shortly.
  2. b) Would you like some peanuts?

2.

A:I missed the connecting flight. What should I do?
B:_______________.

  1. a) Would you want some coke?
  2. b) Don’t worry! I will help you find an alternative flight.
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Discussion:

Share  your ideas with your teacher.

  1. What things can’t you take on a plane?
  2. Are planes really safer than cars?