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Noisy Travelers

Pre-Reading Activities

A:  Vocabulary
Label the words in these pictures. airplane ___,  passengers ___, seat ___, child ___,  


B: Discussion

Answer these questions in pairs:
Do you like flying in an airplane? Why or why not?
How often do you fly?
What things do you like most about flying?
What do you dislike about flying?
Do other passengers annoy you? How do they annoy you?

Reading Activities

A: Understanding The Main Idea
Choose the best answer for this question about today's article.
What do passengers dislike?
    a. parents with noisy children
    b. passengers who talk a lot
    c. both answers a. and b.


What Air Passengers Hate
1. Mon Dec 09 (Reuters) Americans hate parents who don't take care of their children on planes, a new study found.  Passengers don't like parents who let their kids misbehave or cry on planes.

2. The 2013 Expedia Airplane Etiquette study talked to 1,001 American travelers. The study asked travelers what kind of passengers they disliked when they were traveling by airplane.

3. 63% of the travelers in the survey said they feel annoyed by parents traveling with noisy children.
4. Travelers in the survey also don't like passengers who talk too much. 73% of passengers said they hate sitting next to people who talk a lot on airplanes. [85% said they are happy to talk a little.]

5. Here are the five most annoying behaviors from the survey:
  • inattentive parents
  • passengers who kick the seat of the person behind them
  • 'smelly' passengers
  • 'boozer' passengers - passengers who drink too much
  • talkative passengers
Article © 2013 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2014 www.english-to-go.com


B: Completing A Table
Complete this table of information about today's article.
Name of study:  
Country of study:  
Year:  
Number of travelers:  
Subject of Study: the kinds of passengers American air travelers dislike the most

C: Finding Synonyms
News articles often use synonyms - words with the same or similar meanings to other words.
1. Find a synonym for don't like in paragraph 2 of today's article.
2. Find a synonym for kids in paragraph 3 of today's article.
3. Find a synonym for talk too much in paragraph 5 of today's article.

D: Understanding Numbers
Match the correct information with the correct pie chart
A.

B. C.
passengers who like talking a little to other passengers  ___
passengers who don't like talkative passengers  ___
passengers who don't like parents with misbehaving or crying children on planes  ___


Post-Reading Activities
You may do one or more of these

A: Do A Survey
Work in pairs. Write a survey about travel.  Ask other students your questions.

B: What Do You Think?
An airline asks you to help young children (aged two to five years) behave well on flights. What six things can you think of to do this?

C: Tell Someone Else
Today's article lists five kinds of passengers that annoy other passengers on airplanes. Do you have any stories of talkative passengers or passengers who kick the seat in front of them? Tell another student.


TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY

Reading Activities

A: Understanding The Main Idea - Answer
C. is the best answer.


B: Completing A Table - Answers
Name of study:
2013 Expedia Airplane Etiquette study
Country of study: United States
Year: 2013
Number of travelers: 1001
Subject of study: the kinds of passengers American air travelers dislike the most


C:  Finding Synonyms - Answers
1. dislike, 2. children, 3. talkative.

D: Understanding Numbers - Answers
passengers who like talking a little to other passengers - B.
passengers who don't like talkative passengers - C.
passengers who don't like parents with misbehaving or crying children on planes - A.

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