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Domestic Australia Carry-on Baggage Limits

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So we've booked our NZ and Oz flights, and purchased the checked baggage allowance (as we thought we needed), only to discover that the carry-on size and weight restrictions are different for each airline in Oz. Ugh. The weight part doesn't seem too bad, and a few people mentioned that if you checkin online or at a kiosk, and your bag doesn't look too heavy, and is only slightly over, you'll be fine (is that true in your experience?).

But I'm a bit worried about the size limits. It appears that both Qantas and Jetstar allow 115cm bags (56cm x 36cm x 23cm), as does Air NZ, but Virgin Australia only allows 105cm bags (56cm x 36cm x 23cm). WTF? :-( The really galling part is that our VA flights are part of an international itinerary (from NZ), and typically airlines have more generous allowances for intl itineraries, but apparently not Virgin.

How strictly is this adhered to in practice? Will we really be at risk with a 115cm bag, or is it like the US, where the airlines have carry-on policies (127cm for Virgin America), but they are very rarely enforced, and typically only on full flights and for bags that are well outside the limits. I've got a bunch of 115cm bags and I'd hate to have to buy four 105cm bags if this limit is not really enforced.

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