1. agency n,, an establishment engaged in doing business
a. Once we decided we wanted to go to Costa Rica for vacation, we called the travel agency to see how much flights would cost.
b. The staff at the travel agency included brochures and sight-seeing information with the ticket.
2. announcement n., a public notification
a. Did you hear an announcement about our new departure time?
b. I expect an announcement any time now about a snow emergency at the airport.
3. beverage n., a drink other than plain water
a. The flight attendant offered all passengers a cold beverage during the flight.
b. The restaurant had a range of beverages on the drinks menu, including soft drinks and juices.
4. blanket n., a covering for keeping warm, especially during sleep; any full coverage; v., to cover uniformly
a. It's going to be a cold night so I'll ask housekeeping to send an extra blanket for our bed.
b. The snow blanketed the windshield, making it difficult to see the roads.
5. board v., to enter a boat, plane, or train; to furnish with meals and a place to stay
a. The inn offers room and board at weekly rates.
b. We will board the train for New York in ten minutes.
6. claim v., to take as rightful; to retrieve
a. Please proceed directly to the baggage arrival area to claim your luggage.
b. Lost luggage can be claimed at the airline office.
7. delay v., to postpone until a later time; n., the period of time during which one is delayed
a. The bus was delayed due to inclement weather.
b. The station was experiencing minor delays, making many people late for work.
8. depart v., to go away or leave; to vary from a regular course of action.
a. After the wedding, the married couple departed for their honeymoon in Morocco.
b. We're going to depart from our usual policy and allow you to leave work early one day a week.
9. embark v., to go onboard a flight or ship; to begin
a. At the gate, the passenger was required to show her passport before she could embark upon the flight.
b. They were nervous, but also excited, to embark on a long-awaited trip to Africa.
10. itinerary n., a proposed route for a journey, showing dates and means of travel
a. He reviewed the itinerary the travel agent had faxed him before purchasing the ticket.
b. I had to change my itinerary when I decided to add two more countries to my vacation.
11. prohibit v., to forbid by authority or to prevent
a. We were prohibited from wearing causal clothes in the office.
b. Airline regulations prohibit the passengers from having beverages open during take off and landing.
12. valid adj., having legal efficacy or correctness
a. I need to make certain that my passport is valid if we plan to go overseas this December.
b. The officer's argument for increased airport security seemed valid at the time.