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German Airplane Words

Whether you’re on vacation or traveling for business, you’ll learn some useful German airplane words in this free Rocket German lesson. Listen to the native pronunciation and learn the German words for boarding pass, passport, luggage and more.

We’ll show you how to get someone’s attention politely, ask for what you need in German, and explain that something has gone wrong with your travel plans. Knowing how to use these essential German travel phrases will give you more confidence next time you’re travelling by plane!

Resources for further reading:

How to pronounce German airplane words

Airplane Seatbelt in German

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das Gepäckfach

Overhead locker

der Sitzgurt


der Notausgang

Emergency Exit

die Schwimmweste

Life jacket (swim vest)

die Kabine


der/ die Flugbegleiter/ in

Flight attendant

die Bordkarte

Boarding pass

Imagine you are on a flight from America to Germany. It’s a long way, so make sure you know how to ask for a drink or an extra blanket in case you are cold. It’s also important to know what “Schnallen Sie sich bitte an” means. Repeat the new words aloud to practice your pronunciation.

Ich möchte bitte ein Glas Wasser haben.

I would like to have a glass of water.

Ich habe Flugangst.

I'm scared of flying.

Ich habe Hunger.

I'm hungry.

Mir ist kalt, haben Sie eine Decke?

I'm cold, do you have a blanket?

Wann landen wir?

When are we going to land?

Schnallen Sie sich bitte an.

Please fasten your seatbelt.

Meine Kopfhörer funktionieren nicht.

My headset doesn't work.

Wir erwarten Turbulenzen.

We are expecting turbulence.

Once you arrive at the airport you will have to collect your luggage. Simply follow the signs to the “Gepäckrückgabe” and make your way to the “Passkontrolle”. Listen to the Audio link below to hear the pronunciation.

die Gepäckrückgabe

Baggage claim

die Passkontrolle / der Zoll


I've lost my passport.

Hopefully you won’t need to use the following phrases, but it’s still handy to know them.

Mein Gepäck ist beschädigt worden.

My luggage got damaged.

Mein Gepäck ist verloren gegangen.

My luggage got lost.

Ich habe meinen Anschlußflug verpaßt.

I've missed my connecting flight.

Ich habe meinen Pass verloren.

I've lost my passport.

Ich habe mein Flugticket verloren.

I've lost my ticket.

Ich habe meine Bordkarte verloren.

I've lost my boarding pass.

Ich habe mich verlaufen.

I'm lost.

If you want more on German words then check these out!

Bis bald!

Paul Weber: Rocket German

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