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Australian Airline Questions

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I am traveling to Australia later this month, and I will be flying on Jetstar (from Sydney to Hamilton Island), on QantasLink (from Hamilton Island to Cairns), and on Qantas (from Cairns to Sydney). I will arrive and depart Sydney on United/Continental from/to San Francisco.

I read online somewhere that passengers can’t bring any food into Australia, even food that is packaged/sealed like granola bars. Is this true? I understand why one couldn’t transport fruit or vegetables or other fresh items like meat, but why not power bars or a packages of crackers? I realize that I can probably buy what I need once I arrive, but I would rather not have to rush right out to find a store.

What is the situation with carry-on bags? Is it possible to carry-on a 21” roll-a-board suitcase as one can in the US on an American carrier? I wouldn’t even ask this question except that in February, I traveled to Brazil and Argentina, and even though I flew jet service between the two countries, the airlines (LAN and GOL) prevented passengers from carrying on anything larger than a duffel or a backpack, even though the overhead bins and under-seat storage were standard-size and could easily accommodate a 21” roll-a-board bag. The benefit was that embarking and debarking were a breeze because of the lack of luggage that needed to be stowed and retrieved, but I wasn’t aware of the need to check luggage before arriving at the airport, thus making it necessary to unpack and repack some items when I arrived at the airport and found that I needed to check my bag. (There was no charge for checked bags.) Does the same policy of no roll-a-boards hold true for Australian carriers?

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