Travelling by Air. Essay

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TRAVELLING BY AIR. The rules for passengers who are going aboard 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. You’d better fill in the customs declaration before you talk to the customs officer. An experienced customs officer “smells” a smuggler but he may ask any passenger routine questions: for instance, “Have you got anything to declare?” or “Any spirits, tobacco, presents?” The usual answers would be “yes, I’ve got some valuables, but I’ve put them all down in the declaration” or “I’ve got two blocks of cigarettes for my own use” or something of the 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 into your ticket and you are given a boarding pass with the seat number on it. Of course, if you luggage weighs more than 20 kg, 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 in block letters. You write your name, nationality, permanent address and the purpose of your trip. In most countries there’s also a security check, where 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 the destination. After filling all these formalities you go to the departure-lounge, where you can have a snack, read the 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 immigration form are often filled in on

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