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2006-07-08 15:30

  An Urgent Standby Passenger

  While in Korea, Gov. Mike Smith of Utah was relaxing in the VIP lounge the Seoul airport, awaiting his flight to Japan. At the same moment , his press secretary, Jenny Varela, was being told at the ticket counter that she had no ticket.

  After insisting she had to make the flight because she was with a U. S. governor, an American embassy aide intervened. Varela got a standby ticket and boarded just before take-off.

  Regaining her composure, Varela went to the front of the plane to tell Smith of her adventure. He was not there. She later found out that the governor was told that he had been bumped by an urgent standby passenger.It was Varela.

  Notes:

  (1) Korea n.韩国

  (2) Gov.州长(governor)

  (3) Utah n.(美国)犹他州

  (4) VIP重要人物(very important people)

  (5) lounge n.休息室

  (6) Seoul n.汉城(韩国之首都)

  (7) press n.新闻

  (8) embassy n.大使馆

  (9) aide n.副官

  (10) intervene v.介入;插入

  (11) standby ticket 待机票

  (12) composure n.泰然自若

  (13) bump v.碰撞

  Exercises:

  根据短文选择正确答案:

  ① Where were the governor and his press secretary?

  A. in Korea

  B. in Japan

  C. in Utah

  D. in U. S.

  ② Where was the governor relaxing himself?

  A. in the plane

  B. in the VIP lounge

  C. in a hotel at the airport

  D. in a car

  ③ What happened to Jenny Varela at the same moment?

  A. She was told to wait for the next flight

  B. She was told to go with the governor.

  C. She was told that she had no ticket .

  D. She was told to go to the American Embassy.

  ④ How did Jenny Varela get a standby ticket?

  A. The governor gave his ticket to her .

  B. She insisted making the flight and paid more money.

  C. An American embassy aide intervened.

  D. The governor telephoned the American embassy aide to come to help.

  ⑤ What happened to the governor?

  A. I was too sick to make his flight.

  B. He was told that his flight had been delayed .

  C. He was told that he had to give his ticket to an urgent standby passenger.

  D. He was told to stay in Korea.

  在韩国时,犹他州的州长麦克·史密斯正在汉城机场的要人休息室里休息。他在等着飞往日本的航班。与此同时,他的新闻秘书、詹妮·维蕾拉,在售票房被告知没票了。

  她坚持说要乘此航班,因为她是一位美国的州长的随员,这样美国大使馆的一位副官介入了。维蕾拉拿到一张待机票并赶在飞机起飞前登了机。

  略略镇定后,维蕾拉到机舱前部去告诉史密斯她的经历。他不在那儿。她后来得知,有人告知州长,他的飞行被一位紧急待机乘客冲撞掉了。这个人就是维蕾拉。

  练习参考答案:

  ①A②B③C④C⑤C

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