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the magical world of airsickness bags

Welcome. This is what my wife calls "a bunch of stupid jokes and pictures of paper bags." She's right about the jokes. She's wrong about the bags: some of them are plastic.

What the critics say: "Utterly unnotable" (Wikipedia editor). "Ridiculous collections #4" (Buzzfeed). Other comments: "As complete wastes of time go, it's a very high quality complete waste of time... An entirely dispensable source of inane comments about a truly trivial subject... A monument to the planet's worst corporate design... An unwelcome reminder of some of the more unpleasant moments in our lives."

Donations (unused, please) of bags not represented in the bag gallery are welcomed -- please mail to this address, and I'll credit you on this site! I am happy to trade any extras that I have. Check out the links to other bag sites, find out how you can use your spare bags, and explore the fascinating world of bag manufacturers

Highlights: The design features page reveals the secrets of professional baggery, and the logos page analyses the enigma of airline corporate identities. Search for your favourite bag, browse the bag gallery by country and airline, and check out the biggest, best and worst bags!


World bagdiversity threatened

Rare Chinese Airline Barfbag Sanctuary

Click on the airline name to visit its bags

Notice to visitors
Please do not feed the bags.

China is reorganizing its airlines.

  • Air China is merging with China SW and China National Aviation (Zhejiang).

  • China Southern is merging with China Northern and Xinjiang.

  • China Eastern is merging with Yunnan and CNWA.

This is a disturbing trend.

Chinese airlines have been a fertile source of new bags over the last few years, with significant improvements in the quality of printing, bag design, and the addition of innovative opening and closure mechanisms.

While bagophiles doubtless welcome the issuance of new bags that may follow these mergers, any reduction in the number of airlines providing bags should surely be greeted with dismay.

The loss of three airlines beginning with rare letters - X (Xinjiang), Y (Yunnan) and Z (Zhejiang) - is especially troubling.

In the interest of worldwide bagdiversity, we urge you to write to your local Chinese embassy to press for the reversal of these mergers.

We also announce the creation of a Rare Chinese Airline Barfbag Sanctuary to conserve any remaining examples of these soon-to-be-extinct bags. This sanctuary, which is open to the public, currently holds bags from 20 airlines (see left).

Chinese bags form the fifth-largest group in the collection (after USA, UK, Canada and Germany).

Donations to the Sanctuary especially welcome!

Sunday, October 13, 2002 

The pinnacle of bag design

The award-winning Design for Chunks site has come up with a third collection of wonderful designs that airlines could use if only they had a little imagination. Check out these awesome designs here.

You'll weep next time you reach into that seat pocket and pull out a boring, grey Lufthansa bag.

Wednesday, October 09, 2002 

Lost? Frustrated?

If you click on a link on this site that doesn't lead you to the bag you wanted...

  • Don't panic: you might be able to navigate to the right bag using the menu to the left or the Next and Previous buttons at the bottom of each page in the Gallery.
  • Push the button next to your seat to call the stewardess.
  • Undo your seat belt, put on your life jacket (under your seat) and follow the lights on the floor to the nearest exit.
  • Please let me know about broken links. I do like to keep visitors happy.

Wednesday, October 09, 2002 


What do Latvia, Liberia and Lesotho have in common? Yes, they all start with an L. What else? They're all missing from my barfbag collection.

What's the biggest country not represented? Chad. In terms of population? Burkina Faso. Other prominent absentees (coloured red in the map): Georgia and Rwanda. 

Major underrepresented portions of the globe are a swathe of Africa and chunks of Central Asia and Central America.

Donations from these areas especially welcome!

Centres of megabagdiversity are the USA (though many US bags are distressingly plain), China, the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Indonesia. 

Click here for details.

For new baggists only


New to the world of bag collecting? Want to get a head start on your collection? Then send me an email, and I'll send you a randomly selected free starter pack from my surplus bag stock. There won't be anything rare, and you may end up with some duplicates, but at least you'll be able to show your friends a few more of these lovely cultural artefacts. Make sure you include your mailing address in your email. Offer good as long as stocks last.

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