0902_Worst Case Scenario: How to Deal With Travel Disasters (1)

Learn how to deal with missed flights, blocked credit cards and more

Deal with travel trouble and live to tell the tale


Scenario: possible things


[Vicky & Chelsea]

Wallet missing in Warsaw
It’s a common and troublesome on-the-road mishap (An unlucky accident/situation). I left my wallet sitting on the hood (above engine) of a rental car once.
What to do: Call your card issuers (produre 發行者) as soon as you can. Spouses back home who have access to billing records can help too. Ask your family to wire you money if you have no other recourse (A source of help in a difficult situation). If you’re stranded in a place like Kazakhstan, consular officials can help.
Can you get on a plane to go home? In the United States, Transportation Security Administration officials are prepared to perform extra screening for travelers who have lost their ID.
How to prevent it: Make a list of emergency lost-card phone numbers to keep in your luggage. If you’re traveling overseas, make sure you carry cards whose issuers offer international collect call numbers to report when they’re lost or stolen.
Credit cards blocked in Canada
This mishap is more common than people realize. Credit card companies have elaborate (explain or describe something in a more detailed way) programs that identify “suspicious” charging activity, and it’s possible that
charges could be denied almost anywhere outside your home region.
What to do: Use another card – you brought three, right? Call the blocked card’s issuing company immediately to unblock it.
How to prevent it: Before leaving home, call the credit card security departments and inform them of your trip plans. This is crucial for overseas travel.


[Traditional Chinese Translation]

[More Information]

[Ashley & Ken]

A: Sorry, Sir. I need some form of ID in order for me to issue you a library card, so next time just bring some sort of ID, Okay?

K: Umm, Ashley, what was that all about?

A: That man wanted to apply for a library card but he didn’t have an ID. So I couldn’t let him have one.

K: An ID? Is that short for identity?

A: No, not identity. ID is short for identification.

K: Identification? How is that different from identity?

A: Well, why don’t we go to Doris and see if she can answer that?

K: Okay.


D: Well, both identity and identification come from the verb to identify. Those two words have different meanings. Your identity refers to the characteristics that determine the person you are. Ashley is a librarian and that’s her identity. Identification is simply the noun form of the verb to identify.


K: Oh, so ID is identification.

A: Right, and in that sense it often refers to a document, a number, a passport or a signature used to identify a person.

K: So you asked that guy just now for a form of identification.

A: Right, your driver’s license is a form of identification. Your passport is another form of identification. Someone in authority may ask you for a form of identification and make sure you are the person you say you are.

K: So, is my library card a form of identification?

A: Only in the library I’m afraid. When people ask to see your ID, they usually want to see a photo ID.

K: I see. Well, I should let you get back to work.

A: Okay. Let me know if you have any other questions.

K: Thanks.


今天的課文講到遺失ID的旅客該怎麼辦,ID就是identification的縮寫,identification就是辨認、確認、認同,也就是identify的名詞,identification也可以指身份證,比如說he used his driver’s license as identification(他拿駕照作為身份證)。identity指的是身份,Ashleyidentity是一個圖書館員。





mishap (n) 不幸事故,災禍
After several mishaps during the trip, we finally got home.
without mishap 平安無事
The important document arrived without mishap.
recourse (n)
依靠,依賴,求助   (to)
The single mother takes care of her kids without recourse
to any help.
The couple had recourse to counseling to save their marriage.
screening (n)
employees must go through medical screening before signing the contract.
The screening of applications will take a few days.

Mishap (n.) a small accident or mistake that does not have very serious results 不幸之事,災禍,厄運。
*We had a slight mishap with the car.
*Our journey ended without (further) mishap.
Hood (n.) 1. covering for the head and neck, often fastened to a coat, etc, so that it can hang down at the back, or be detached, when not in use 風帽,兜帽(通常連在外衣等上,蒙住頭部及頸部,不用時可垂在背後或取下)2. the metal covering over the engine on a car 汽車的車蓋。
*He held both sides of the parka hood closed against the snow.
*At the gas station they raised the hood of our car to put oil in the engine.
Issue (n.) 爭論點,發行物,流出物。(v.) (formal) 發表,發行,流出。
Issuer (n.) 發行者。
At issue (idiom) (formal) (the matter, point, etc) being discussed or debated 討論或爭議中的(問題、爭論點等)
Take issue with sb (about/on/over sth) (usage)向某人提出異議或與某人爭論。
Make an issue (out) of sth (usage) treat (a minor matter) as if it needed serious discussion like a major matter (像對待大事一樣)處理(小事)
*What’s at issue here is the whole future of the industry.
*It is difficult to take issue with his analysis.
*I must take issue with you over what you said yesterday.
*It’s only a small disagreement; let’s not make an issue of it. 
*She issued a statement denying all knowledge of the affair.
Spouse (n.) a husband or wife 配偶。
*Spouses were invited to the company picnic.
Have access to (usage) 可以達到,可以使用。
*I have access to his office.
*As her private secretary he has access to all her correspondence.
Wire (n.) 電線。(v.) 1. 裝電線。2. 用電報發送。
*I’ll wire you some money.
*You can wire up to $2000 with this money order. 
Recourse (n.) 依賴,求助。
*They managed without recourse to outside help.
*Your only recourse is legal action against them.
Transportation Security Administration (n.) 交通安全管理局。
Screening (n.) 遮掩,篩分,審查。
*A screening against light or heat.
*security screening of airline passengers
Collect call (n.) 對方付費電話。
*You have a collect call from Johnson. Will you accept the charges?
Elaborate (adj.) 詳盡而複雜的。(v.) 詳細制定(闡述)
*The curtains had an elaborate pattern of flower.
*He said he had new evidence, but refused to elaborate any further.

elaborate adjective 

/ɪˈlæb.ər.ət/ /-ɚ-/

containing a lot of careful detail or many detailed parts

You want a plain blouse to go with that skirt – nothing too elaborate.

They’re making the most elaborate preparations for the wedding.

He came out with such an elaborate excuse that I didn’t quite believe him.

Inform (v.) give sb knowledge (of sth); tell sb 通知,告訴,告發。
*He informed the police that some money was missing. 
*Keep me informed (of/about what happens).
*inform oneself of the facts
Crucial (adj.) 關鍵的,決定性的,重要的。
*at the crucial moment
*Getting this contract is crucial to the future of our company. 

counselling   /ˈkaʊnsəlɪŋ/ DJ   /’kaunsḷɪŋ/ KK

professional advice about a problem 咨詢;輔導 British English noun uncountable

Variant: counseling American English


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