Asiana flight takes off with wrong passenger aboard

[Travel News ★★★★]

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(P1) An Asiana Airlines flight bound for Incheon from Hong Kong returned to the airport after finding a “wrong” passenger was onboard.

(P2) The plane carrying 258 passengers was scheduled to arrive in Incheon at around 5 p.m. after departing Hong Kong at 1:15 p.m.

(P3) But about an hour after takeoff, the carrier found out that a passenger who had booked a Jeju Air flight was on board the Asiana plane. The flight then returned to Hong Kong and departed for Incheon later in the evening.

(P4) “We found out that a wrong person was onboard, so we returned to Hong Kong,” an Asiana official said.

(P5) “The local police are questioning the passenger to find out whether he took the wrong plane by mistake or intentionally.”

(P6) Asiana staffers at the boarding gate apparently failed to check whether the name on the passport and on the boarding pass was the same. The official did not say how the airline belatedly found out about the wrong boarding.

(P7) The person who was originally supposed to take the Asiana plane attempted to board the Jeju Air flight that was scheduled to depart Hong Kong at 1:55 p.m. to Incheon. However, Jeju Air staffers found different names on the boarding pass and the passport and prevented the person from boarding, according to the company.

(P8) It is suspected the two exchanged tickets, according to the official.

(P9) The case raises concerns over loose security checks by nation’s flag carriers. A similar case happened on a Korean Air plane earlier this year.

(P10) When Korean-American singer Bobby Kim was flying to San Francisco, Korean Air gave him an economy class seat instead of the business class one he had booked with a mileage upgrade.

(P11) It was found that Korean Air issued a ticket with the name of Kim Robert, another passenger, instead of the singer’s real name, Kim Robert Do Kyun. Although he had different names on his boarding pass and his passport, airline staff and security and immigration officers at Incheon International Airport failed to notice it.

(P12) Korean Air learned about the wrong ticket issuance when the real Kim Robert came for his ticket after Bobby Kim. But it failed to correct the error, and two people took the plane with one person’s name. The carrier admitted the mistake.

WORDS: 378

SOURCE: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/10/119_175339.html

VOCABULARY: bound, staffers, belatedly, flag carriers, issuance

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. In your opinion, why didn’t staffers find the error of the wrong passenger on the Asiana Airlines flight?
  3. Do you think there are sufficient or insufficient security checks at airports? Why?
  4. In your opinion, should the employees who made the error be disciplined? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The flight was heading to Incheon and started in Hong Kong. (T or F)
  2. What was the estimated time of arrival at the destination?
  3. Officials surmised that the passengers accidentally switched their tickets. (T or F).
  4. Which other airline had a similar incident?
  5. Did the carrier in the previous case fix the mistake?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • found out (P6)
  • loose security (P9)
  • booked with a mileage upgrade (P10)
  • two people took the plane with one person’s name (P12)

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This Is What $21,000 Will Get You on an Airplane

[Travel News ★★★★]

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(P1) Casey Neistat lived out a personal fantasy when he was given a free upgrade from business to first class on a recent Emirates flight from Dubai to New York City.

(P2) Documenting every luxurious moment in a video he uploaded to his YouTube account, Neistat gives viewers a look at what it’s like to have one of the most glamorous flight experiences imaginable, which would have cost $21,635.30 if it weren’t for the upgrade.

(P3) The YouTube personality starts his 14-hour journey by closing the doors to his pod, yes, this airplane seat has doors and checking out some of the amenities. Toiletry kits, including a variety of moisturizers, and other bath products are stowed throughout the pod, and one amenity bag included pajamas and slippers.

(P4) While checking out his personal touch-screen TV, Neistat was able to enjoy some of the snacks as well as the in-pod mini-bar. When he wanted something more substantial, he ordered a dish of caviar from the menu.

(P5) After converting his seat to a bed and having a few hours rest, Neistat reserved his spot in the shower and went to freshen up before landing. The large shower was complete with spa-like amenities, including high-end products and piles of soft towels.

(P6) “Dreams do come true. I am showering on an airplane,” he says in the video, which has garnered more than 8.2 million views.

(P7) Neistat has made a career for himself traveling around the world and documenting his adventures on social media.

WORDS: 245

SOURCE: http://www.travelandleisure.com/videos-travel-tips/expensive-flight-emirates

VOCABULARY: glamorous, pod, stowed, caviar, converting, garnered

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Would you pay $21,635.30 for a first class ticket? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think the cost for first class plane tickets is too expensive? Why or why not?
  4. Would you like to be a professional traveler? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The world traveler videoed his entire experience on the flight. (T or F)
  2. Mr. Neistat shared his pod with another passenger. (T or F)
  3. There was only one amenity bag in his pod. (T or f)
  4. What did he order from the menu?
  5. What is Mr. Neistat’s job?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • lived out (P1)
  • the YouTube personality (P3)
  • checking out (P3)
  • freshen up (P5)

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How Apps Are Revolutionizing the Travel Experience

[Travel News ★★★★]

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(P1) Apps have an increasingly more important role in all facets of our vacation from the travel itself to day-to-day exploration. In fact, apps have completely revolutionized how we travel the world.

(P2) Virtual reservations is one way, notes YonderWork. These days, you can buy tickets and even board a flight, just using an app.“Not having to check in when you get to the airport or sifting through your bag for that printed boarding pass expedites the entire airport experience. The same goes for other transportation methods (Uber, trains) and hotel reservations,” says YonderWork.

(P3) Having access to real-time information is another way apps are changing the travel experience.

(P4) “Apps can feed you up-to-date information about your travel and reservation details, so you’re never caught off-guard by any changes. Apps can send push notifications or emails letting you know that your flight is delayed, or that your hotel check-out time is at 10 a.m. so that you’re always prepared for what’s coming,” notes YonderWork.

(P5) One of the biggest ways apps have transformed the travel landscape is through navigation.

(P6) “I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be able to utilize my phone instead of a physical map. As someone who has no sense of direction, those maps don’t do much for me except somehow manage to get lost in my bag,” reports YonderWork.

(P7) Apps have made travel easier in other ways, too. It’s easy to keep in touch with people at home and with the people you meet abroad.

WORDS: 250

SOURCE: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/travel-technology/how-apps-are-revolutionizing-the-travel-experience.html

VOCABULARY: facets, exploration, sifting, off-guard, travel landscape

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you use travel apps? If so, which ones?
  3. Do you think traveling has become easier with apps? Why or why not?
  4. Will you start using travel apps more often to plan our travel? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Travel apps are only good for certain types of travel. (T or F)
  2. Apps can be used to check-in to flights. (T or F)
  3. Real-time information is another way our travel experience is changing. (T or F)
  4. What can apps send you?
  5. Apps are not an easy way to keep in touch with people you meet in other countries. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • real-time information (P3)
  • apps can feed you (P4)
  • no sense of direction (P6)
  • get lost in my bag (P6)

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Image source: Photo courtesy of Thinkstock http://www.travelpulse.com/news/travel-technology/how-apps-are-revolutionizing-the-travel-experience.html

World’s busiest airport? Atlanta takes the title, again

[Travel ★★★]

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(P1) Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has nailed down the “World’s Busiest Airport” title for the 18th year in a row.

(P2) That was confirmed Friday when the Airports Council International (ACI) trade group finalized its full-year passenger numbers for 2015. The rankings did not change from ACI’s preliminary 2015 numbers released earlier this year, thus making Atlanta’s No. 1 ranking official.

(P3) Not only did Atlanta hold on to the top ranking, but it also became the first airport in the world to process 100 million passengers in a calendar year. Atlanta’s 2015 passenger count of 101,491,106 was up 5.5% from 2014.

(P4) Also, Atlanta solidified its hold on No. 1 by taking the top spot for “aircraft movements,” another measure of how busy an airport is. “Movements” refers to the number of takeoffs and landings at an airport. Atlanta had briefly lost the title for most movements to Chicago O’Hare in 2014 but surged back past its Illinois rival in 2015.

(P5) While each count is legitimate, the passenger tally is the most traditional barometer for determining the busiest airports.

(P6) Atlanta, of course, is the busiest hub for Delta Air Lines, which operates a massive connecting hub there.

(P7) “Atlanta has benefitted tremendously from its strategic location as a major connecting hub and port of entry into North America,” ACI said in its statement confirming its 2015 passenger counts. “The airport is within a two-hour flight of 80% of the population in the United States.”

(P8) Atlanta had long embraced its role as title-holder for the world’s busiest airport, though it’s recently taken a more cautious approach on the subject. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes the airport “earlier this year decided to downplay the ‘world’s busiest’ terminology, changing its tagline to the ‘world’s most traveled airport’.” There apparently was concern that “world’s busiest” mantra wasn’t necessarily the best message for fliers concerned about a smooth and relaxing travel experience.

(P9) As for Atlanta’s runner-up in the passenger count category, China’s Beijing Capital International Airport held down No. 2 spot for the second year in a row.

(P10) Dubai International and Chicago O’Hare made the biggest jumps within the top 10, each rising three spots to Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Year-over-year passenger traffic grew 10.7% at Dubai and 9.8% at O’Hare.

(P11) Each of those airports passed London Heathrow, which fell three spots to No. 6 from No. 3. Passenger traffic rose at Heathrow, but its 2.2% increase was not enough to keep pace with the larger increases seen at Dubai and O’Hare. Also passing Heathrow was Tokyo’s Haneda, though it also fell (from No. 4 to No. 5).

(P12) Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth gave the United States two more airports in the top 10, coming in at Nos. 7 and 10, respectively.

WORDS: 451

SOURCE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/09/12/worlds-busiest-airport-atlanta-takes-title-again/90271028/

VOCABULARY: hold on, barometer, hub, downplay, tagline, mantra

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. When you are in an airport, what do you usually do until you board the plane?
  3. In your opinion, do you think airports will get even busier in the next 5 years? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think the title “most traveled airport” is better than “busiest airport”? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How many consecutive years has the Atlanta airport secured the top spot for the busiest airport worldwide?
  2. Which other title did the Atlanta airport secure?
  3. Which airport came in 2nd place on the busiest airport list?
  4. Which three airports beat the London-based airport, Heathrow?
  5. No other USA based airports made the list of the 10 busiest airports. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean

  • nailed down (P1)
  • in a calendar year (P3)
  • surged back (P4)
  • year-over-year (P10)
  • to keep pace (P11)

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Flying in Business Class Has Gotten Way Cheaper

[Travel ★★★]

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(P1) Only on certain competitive international routes anyway.

(P2) Your dreams of sitting smugly and glamorously up at the front of the plane may finally be within reach. Flight prices for plush, business-class seats have been much cheaper this year on several popular international routes.

(P3) Using data from the travel search site Kayak.com, Quartz pointed out that the median airfare for a business-class ticket between New York City and London was $2,006 during the first six months of 2016. That’s 37% less than the median fare for the same route during the same period in 2015 ($3,160).

(P4) Business-class ticket prices on routes such as Chicago-Bangkok, Denver-Paris, and Miami-Tokyo have also dipped significantly. For Chicago-Bangkok, the median one-way fare was over $5,000 in the first half of 2015. A year later, it was $3,750. That’s still not remotely cheap ($7,500 round trip), but passengers would be paying roughly $2,500 less for the same flight and the same luxurious in-flight experience in 2016.

(P5) What’s caused the price drop? For the most part, the answer is cheaper fuel, combined with more competition. As gas and jet fuel prices have dropped, the airlines have been enjoying record profits. This has allowed them to charge less for flights and boost business while still yielding outstanding profits.

(P6) When one airline offers cheaper promotional prices to fill its planes, especially in the all-important, highly profitable upper-class sections up front, the competition tends to follow suit.

(P7) As a result, airline passengers are the beneficiaries of somewhat more affordable airfare, and maybe even the opportunity to see how good life really is when you’re not stuck in a cramped coach-class seat.

WORDS: 270

SOURCE: http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/cheaper-business-class

VOCABULARY: smugly, plush, median, yielding, cramped

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever flown in business class? If yes, describe it? If no, would you like to?
  3. Do you think airlines should lower the price of business class even more? Why or why not?
  4. What airline is your favorite? Why?
  5. How can airlines improve coach class seats?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Which resource did Quartz get their information from?
  2. How much was a round trip ticket from Chicago to Bangkok in 2016?
  3. What 2 reasons are given for the drop in business class airfare?
  4. When one airline reduces airfare, others sometimes do the same. (T or F)
  5. Who benefits from competition among the airlines?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • pointed out (P3)
  • dipped significantly (P4)
  • not remotely cheap (P4)
  • record profits (P5)
  • to follow suit (P6)

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Swimming with dolphins may be banned

[Travel ★★★]

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(P1) Hawaii might ban the tourist activity of swimming with dolphins. Dolphins have been a magnet for tourists over the past decades. However, officials say tourism harms the dolphins because they cannot rest or socialize. The National Marine Fisheries Service (MNFS) wants to stop swimming with or approaching within 50 meters of dolphins. That would end many tour activities, such as sailing alongside the dolphins and snorkeling with them.

(P2) The MNFS said the ban would not have a big impact on Hawaii’s tourist trade. It said: “We think that by identifying 50 meters as the minimum distance, there still can be a viable tourist industry.” Tour operators disagree. One warned: “It would be the end of legitimate dolphin swimming. We couldn’t offer the people the quality interaction that they expect.” Dolphins are most active at night and sleep and relax during the day.

WORDS: 142

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1608/160831-dolphin-tourism-4.html

VOCABULARY: magnet, sailing, impact, viable, legitimate

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are you for or against swimming with dolphins? Why?
  3. What activities do you like to do when you are on vacation?
  4. Do you think a ban on swimming with dolphins will have a big impact on tourism in Hawaii? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Which State in the USA is considering to prohibit people from swimming with dolphins?
  2. What’s the name of the agency that wants to put the ban in place?
  3. Who thinks the ban on swimming with dolphins won’t have a negative influence on tourism?
  4. Who opposes the ban?
  5. Dolphins are mostly nocturnal mammals. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • past decades (P1)
  • approaching within 50 meters of (P1)
  • tourist trade (P2)
  • quality interaction (P2)

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China opens terrifying glass-bottomed bridge in Shiniuzhai park

[Travel News ★★★]

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(P1) It’s called Brave Men’s Bridge for a reason. The recently completed span is a glass walkway suspended a stomach-flipping 180 meters (590 feet) above a sheer drop in China’s central Hunan Province.

(P2) Haohan Qiao, as it’s known in Chinese, is the latest in a series of glass-floored attractions to open in China and the rest of the world.

(P3) Despite its terror-inducing appearance, its creators say the bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park is perfectly safe. Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than normal glass.

(P4) “The bridge we build will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it,” a worker who constructed the bridge told the state-owned China News Service. “The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won’t fall through.”

(P5) Haohan Qiao was originally a wooden bridge before the park experimented by replacing a small section with glass in 2014. It decided to increase the thrill by revamping the whole overpass earlier this year, making it China’s first all-glass suspension bridge.

(P6) Hunan is due to open another glass bridge later this year in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) northwest of Shiniuzhai. When completed, the Zhangjiajie structure will be the world’s highest and longest glass bridge, 430 meters long and 300 meters high.

WORDS: 235

SOURCE: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/27/travel/china-glass-bridge-shiniuzhai

VOCABULARY: span, sheer, inducing, encase, densely, revamping

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Would you walk across this bridge? Why or why not?
  3. Why do you think glass-floored tourist attractions are being built worldwide?
  4. Do you like extreme sports and adventure? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What name was given to the bridge?
  2. China is the only country that has a glass-floored tourist attraction. (T or F)
  3. The glass bridge is 100% safe for tourist to walk and jump on. (T or F)
  4. If the glass would break, a person is in danger of falling. (T or F)
  5. How far away from Shiniuzhai will a similar bridge be constructed?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • stomach-flipping (P1)
  • terror-inducing (P3)
  • won’t fall through (P4)
  • replacing a small section (P5)

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