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Why US Customs Queues Are Now A Lot Less Painful

I have long maintained that the worst aspect of flying from Australia to the USA isn’t the 14 hours in the air — it’s the hideously lengthy queue to get through customs and immigration when you land. Recent technological improvements mean I might have to revise my view.


Plane Evil: Top 10 Ways To Annoy Fellow Airline Passengers

Who’s the most important person on the plane? You, of course. Make sure everyone else knows it with these sky-high douchebag tips.


The Busy Professional's Guide To A One-Day Business Trip

A single-day business trip has its perks. It saves you (or your company) time and money, and takes you back home to your loved ones. But it can be tasking and tiring. Applying the right tricks, you can make your day trip into a much more pleasurable experience.


Cubefree Finds The Best Cafes And Other Places To Work In

iOS: Need a place to work from — that’s not your company office or home? Cubefree aims to take the pain out of finding a suitable spot, whether it’s a cafe, library or coworking space nearby.


Road Worrier Tests The Van Heusen Move Suit

I have to start wearing suits more often. I have been complimented on my choice of clothes for the first time in . . . well . . . ever.


Jetstar Is Now Checking If You Exceed Carry-On Baggage Limits At The Gate

We’ve often warned readers that trying to exceed the cabin baggage limits for bargain airlines can be a risky and costly business. Looks like it’s about to become a lot trickier on Jetstar, which is testing out “cabin baggage officers” on major routes.


Ask LH: How Can Qantas Frequent Flyer Be Profitable?

Hi Lifehacker, Reading the doom and gloom financial results from Qantas this week, I notice that its frequent flyer program is a star performer showing a profit of $286 million. How can a frequent flyer program be profitable? I would have thought it would be a liability on an airline’s balance sheet as it is points or flights that are owed to a program member. What gives?


Ask LH: How Much Baggage Can I Get Away With On A Flight?

Dear Lifehacker, Can I take a decent-sized overnight bag AND a decent-sized laptop bag as carry-on luggage for domestic and international flights? If so, how big can each bag be before I have to check it in and/or pay?


The New Rules For Using Electronic Devices In-Flight In Australia

From today, you’ll be allowed to use electronic devices including phones, music players and ebook readers during take-off and landing on Qantas and Virgin Australia flights — but there are still some restrictions. Here’s what you need to know.


How To Make The Most Of Airline Food

Airline food is the butt of endless bad comedy routines, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t maximise the experiencing of dining on a plane. With Qantas upgrading its in-flight meals this week, here’s what’s on offer and how you can get the best from it.