Entertainment and to choose our seats, but are unsure what to do about food and drink. Are we able to take water on board?
DOC: When flying economy class with Jetstar on an international flight, you have a couple of options regarding refreshments.
Meals are not automatically served as part of your airfare, they must be pre-purchased up to four hours before your departure, and full meals are not available to buy once you are on board.
Consider what time your flight is departing before you go ahead and pre-purchase a meal; if it’s late at night, you may only need a snack.
If you choose to pre-organise your meal, do this through the “manage my booking” tab on the website. You won’t find gourmet delights, instead simple things like salads, sandwiches and pies.
The alcohol selection is limited to a choice of three spirits in pre-mix cans, wine is either white or red in a tiny bottle, there are four beers and one cider. (Note: you cannot consume your duty-free liquor on-board.)
Your other option is to avail of the snack menu. I often find it’s better value and more convenient to grab something from the airport to take with me, or bring my own.
You can take bottled water on board, but you will need to buy it after you have cleared security. Liquids over 100ml will not be allowed through the security checkpoint.
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