# What is the procedure to follow for “traffic not in sight”?

What would be the proper procedure to follow, when in the pattern or approaching an airport, if ATC gives you the position of an aircraft and you do not have them in sight? Do you just report "not in sight" and wait to turn base?

• The correct phrasology when receiving a traffic service in the UK is Traffic not sighted. This doesnt reconcile well with your comment (which is of course true) about the odd word sometimes getting dropped. – Jamiec Sep 9 '19 at 12:37