How to make your own plane ticket for fun

Written by whitney elaine | 13/05/2017
How to make your own plane ticket for fun
A fake or play boarding pass can be instructive as well as illustrative, but leave it behind when you head for the airport. (airport 3 image by Lucy Cherniak from

While you cannot make a real plane ticket (only airlines can issue those), you can make a really great replica. Fake or "play" plane tickets could serve many purposes: to teach students or young people about air travel in preparation for an upcoming trip, to use as toys for children or to just test your computer skills. The main features of a plane ticket are airline name, passenger name, departure and arrival cities, the date and seating information.

Create a document: Use Microsoft PowerPoint to create the actual document that you will use to make your plane ticket. PowerPoint allows you to create both the shapes and words required to make a plane ticket. To open a document, open PowerPoint, click "File" and select "New." On your blank page, there should exist two text boxes. Delete both boxes by selecting each box and pressing "Delete." Now you have a blank screen.

Create first text box: Plane tickets generally have most of the information across the top of the ticket, including airline name, passenger name, departure and arrival cities and date. You will need to add text boxes for all of this data. To add a text box, click "Insert" and then select "TextBox." Your pointer will now be able to draw a rectangular shape, so aim the pointer at the top left of the page and draw a medium-size text box (about three inches long).

Enter Ticket Information: Type the airline name into the first text box. Create another text box, underneath the first. Type the passenger name in this format "Last Name/First Name." Press enter to start another line and enter city information in this format: "To Arrival City Departure City ." Create another text box in the middle of the slide, about four inches long, and type "BOARDING PASS." For the next pieces of information, new text boxes will be needed. Type the date to the immediate right of the airline name in this format "19NOV05," which is Date/Abbreviated Month/Year. Type seat information to the immediate right of "BOARDING PASS," in this format "SEAT 8D."

Airline tickets also feature a 14-digit number on the bottom left corner. Create another text box and enter this number (you can make it up).

Print Ticket: Now that you have created a ticket, you can print it. Use cardstock paper so that it will feel like a real ticket. When you print, be sure that the orientation is set to "Landscape." If you don't want your ticket to be the standard 8.5" by 11" size of the cardstock paper, you can reduce the total size of the paper to 50 per cent or even 30 per cent, so that it will print smaller.

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