Flying (or not) with Jet (No)star

About this time, people, I should be telling you what the weather is like in Noosa, in sunny Queensland. Apparently, it’s sunny and 29. But all I can give you an eyewitness account for is Melbourne, where after yesterday’s 40-degree scorcher, the mercury is climbing steadily…

When calling the airline to book to another flight, I was told the reason was ‘operational difficulties’. And then I noticed on the website a little notice that says, “Flight times do not form part of your contract of carriage with us. The airline does not guarantee it will be able to carry you and your Baggage in accordance with the date and time of the flights specified.”

Hello? This is an airline. A transport company. Their sole purpose is to get you from A to B. And yet they don’t guarantee it.

Nice one, JetNostar.

About the author

Fear is found on a creaking glacier in the Caucasus mountains and joy is encapsulated in the perfect Shanghai dumpling. And while I love a $500-a-night hotel room (who doesn’t?), sometimes the best stories are found in a $20 guesthouse. With an eye always out for good markets and great street eats, I write the travel news and features for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers, and features for whoever else asks. I have a particular soft spot for the wilds of the Middle East, scarves and carpets. My articles and photographs have been published in a range of consumer magazines and newspapers in Australia and abroad, and occasionally I chat on radio, too, from Essentials Magazine to 3AW or the Irish Times.

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