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Flying Jetstar


I’m flying Jetstar tomorrow. I learned my lesson last time. Don’t get on board without any food. The airline, bless its cotton socks, makes up for the low ticket prices by charging you for food. It costs an arm and a leg.  So tonight I’m going to cook up an extra large and extra special dinner and put some in a takeaway container.  That has to be a whole lot better than spending $10 on what amounts to a snack. I could buy some takeaways on the way to the airport. But to be honest it’s more hassle than it’s worth to stop.

6 Comments to

“Flying Jetstar”

  1. On July 8th, 2010 at 10:46 am Bruce Says:

    A few years back I took a low cost, bring-your-own-food, airline from Auckland to Brisbane. I took a very nice beef, salad and wholegrain mustard sandwich to eat during the flight, which I did.

    At Brisbane airport, the beagles reacted strongly to my carry-on bag. The dog handler asked if I knew why this should be & I explained about the sandwich. He asked if I still had it & I patted my belly and explained it had been consumed.

    He smiled and said, OK, but pointed out to me that had I not eaten it there could have been a $200 fine for bringing food into Australia. I’m not 100% sure, but I think the fine would have been $200. Makes $10 for an in-flight snack look cheap, of course, being my father’s son, I remembered to eat the sandwich with no waste.

  2. On July 11th, 2010 at 2:45 pm chris Says:

    Why is it necessary to eat on a domestic flight, or even a flight to Australia anyway?

    What’s so difficult about having a meal before leaving home, or simply waiting until you reach your destination.

    It’s a worry that some people can not undertake a 1-4 hour journey without the compulsive need to eat.

  3. On July 12th, 2010 at 11:33 am Bargain Betty Says:

    I eat on board because I get bored. Yesterday (flying back from Sydney) I took a roll and cheese – bought at the supermarket. I always carry and empty bottle on board and get the staff to fill it up with water. I can’t believe it when I see people buying bottled water on the flight because they weren’t able to bring their water through security. Water should be free.

  4. On July 14th, 2010 at 4:55 pm Rob Hosking Says:

    I do the same with the Cook STrait ferry. Prices outrageous, food crap. So if I’m likely to get peckish, I pop into the Picton Super Value and buy a few handfuls of nuts.

    Unless, of course, I’ve got a bit of scroggin left over from the tramping trip.

  5. On August 27th, 2010 at 10:30 am Bargain Betty » Blog Archive » More about flying on cheap airlines Says:

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  6. On September 10th, 2010 at 4:44 pm Adam Says:

    Isnt buying a Sandwich onboard a lot cheaper than paying what used to be about a $900 return fare to Oz?? People tend to forget how expensive it use to be to fly the tasman, Jetstar and the likes have made the trip very affordable for a lot of people! Nothing wrong with a good cut lunch anyway!!

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