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Here's All of the Stuff You Can't Take Into Australia

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard made headlines across the globe last week when their bizarre, hilarious and totally excruciating apology video to the Australian government was leaked online. While smuggling living animals into the country is an obvious no-no, our strict biosecurity legislation covers much, much more: everything from noodles to dirty shoes can land expats and tourists in hot water.


When Is It 'Not Okay' To Recline Your Aeroplane Seat?

Last week, Australian sporting legend Grant Hackett was ejected from a Virgin flight after an in-air altercation with another passenger. Apparently, Hacket took umbrage at the seat in front of him being lowered and expressed his displeasure by giving the offending passenger a “nipple cripple”. While Hackett’s alleged actions are completely inexcusable, there are definitely unspoken rules when it comes to fully reclining your seat on aeroplanes. We want to hear what you think is (and isn’t) okay.


Australian Airport Strikes: The Dates You Need To Know

If you’re flying overseas in the next few days, we have some bad news for you: Australia’s immigration and border protection workers are resuming strike action at major international airports around the country. This means your flight will probably be delayed. Here are the relevant dates and times for each Australian airport.


Prepare For Impact Shows You How To Survive A Plane Crash

iOS/Android: If you’re afraid of flying, you might want to skip this one. On the other hand, Prepare For Impact is a useful gaming app for doing something about that fear, as it shows you exactly what to do in various aeroplane-related emergencies.


Sydney Trains Just Killed Off Opal Card's Free Travel Hack

When Sydney Trains first made the switch from paper tickets to Opal cards, it actively encouraged commuters to exploit a free travel loophole. It seems that too many people took the government up on its offer. From today, the number of transfers needed to make a journey has been raised to stop people “improperly earning” free travel. Tch.


Road Test: STM Trust Messenger Bag

Gone are the days of the utilitarian faux leather laptop case. Today, we have hundreds of options made from different materials, catering for the needs of those simply wanting to carry their notebook computer safely through to travellers looking for a bag that can double up as a protective cocoon for their mobile office and overnight bag or schoolbag. The STM Trust fits into the latter category, as a great bag for those who need to carry more than just their computer and a charger.


Qantas Now Lets You Upgrade Seats Booked On Frequent Flyer Rewards Points

If you’ve booked an economy flight ticket using your Qantas Frequent Flyer points on the airline’s Classic Flight Rewards program, you can now stack more points on top to get yourself an upgrade to premium economy or business class seat. Here’s what you need to know.


Virgin's Frequent Flyer Points Are Changing: What You Need To Know

Your Virgin frequent flyer points will soon have different values when it comes to seating upgrades and free flights. Some travel destinations will require more points while others will require less, depending on the route and airline partner used. Here’s everything you need to know.


How To Squeeze A Little Holiday Into Your Business Trip

Business trips are bittersweet. You go to London for a few days, you think that means exploring the city, but nope — you’ve got work to do. It’s still possible to make some time for pleasure, though. It’s not like you want to score a free holiday on the company dime, but with some planning, you can make the most of your business trip and still find time for fun.


Free High-Speed Wi-Fi Coming To Qantas Flights

Qantas has announced plans to introduce free wireless internet to domestic flights from late 2016. The airline is tapping into the NBN network and is promising to deliver speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board Wi-Fi. There are also plans to bring the service to its international fleet. Binge-watching Netflix on a 12-hour flight could soon become a reality.


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