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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!


Royal Jordanian

No special bags for King Abdullah of Jordan. In a demonstration of solidarity with his subjects, the Hashemite King reaches for the same bag as plebs who board a flight with the Jordanian national carrier.

The photos (courtesy of Hamburg-based baggist Oliver Conradi) show His Majesty about to board a limo after deplaning at Hamburg Airport.

Oliver also reports that the flight crew were served with catering from that famed creator of precooked emesis bag contents, McDonald's.

Still, at least the Royal Jordanian bag bears a royal insignia to tell His Majesty what airline he's flying. Despite massive increases in the US defence budget, George Bush still uses plain white bags on Air Force One. So does Vladimir Putin on the "Putini". I wonder if Queen Elizabeth uses a bag bearing the royal standard?

Monday, February 28, 2005 

Walter at headquarters

Famed German baggist Walter Brinker paid a long-overdue visit to the headquarters on 14 February. He met the senior management, inspected the archives, and shared bag-collecting gossip with staff.

Walter (left) is pictured here with's Senior Baggist, Paul Mundy. Paul is seen holding a prized item from Walter's collection: an ancient German bag saying "Nach Gebrauch, nicht aus dem Fenster werfen, sondern auf dem Boden stellen" (After use, do not throw out of the window, but place on the floor).

Unfortunately despite the best efforts of's caterer and wine cellarer, Walter remembered to take this bag back home with him.

This is the second of a series about bagophiles in their natural habitat. Want to have your picture on Send me a jpg, and I'll put it on the web!

Saturday, February 26, 2005 

Newbie bag

Air Koryo: This rare item says "For your refuses", above an illustration of a plane strewing garbage into the flightpath of a migrating waterfowl.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 

I love my dog

For those masses of dogshit bag lovers out there, the I Love My Dog website is a must-see!

Learn how to pick up pooch poop without pooping your paws!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 

World's most wanted bag?

The most coveted bag on the planet has got to be from the Space Shuttle. Massachusetts baggist Steve Silberberg actually has one: he says it comes with a Wash 'n Dri moist towelette inside.

"Unfortunately I don't have another one or know how to find another one," he says.

Fellow American bagophile David Shomper has tried to get these bags from NASA in Houston and Cape Kennedy, without success.

Thursday, February 17, 2005 

Bitter disappointment

Several weeks ago, I wrote to Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Atlantic asking for a set of Virgin's Limited Edition bags for each member of the barfbags egroup.

This morning I received the following response from Virgin's media department:

Thank you for your letter to Richard, which he has forwarded to me to reply to. Thank you also for your support of our new sickbags, a project we all enjoyed immensely.
As I am sure you can imagine since the launch we have received many requests for copies of the bags. However, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate these requests, as we particularly wanted the sickbags to be covetable. To that end we made them limited edition, and apart from a few select competition prizes, only available when flying on Virgin Atlantic.

Ah well, it was worth a try.

Actually, I have to confess that I have succumbed and bought the Virgin Atlantic bagset on Ebay. The first bags I've ever obtained honestly! (The rest have either been stolen, or acquired from others who have similarly purloined them.)

I have a policy of not buying or selling bags, but the likelihood of getting free bags from Virgin was slim, and the temptation was just too great...

You can admire the full set of bags here.

I also have a single bag from the series (catalogued as virginatlantic19) available as a swap. This offer is for collectors who do not already have a Limited Edition set (be honest!).

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 

Denir at Frankfurt bagfest

If you've ever been to the International Air Transport Exchange Days in Frankfurt (which I haven't), you'll be sure to recognize Brazilian collector Denir Camargo.

Denir is the source of many of the lovely Latino bags in the bagophily collection. He says he's been at every Frankfurt bagfair since 1993. He's also hoping to go to Gatwick 2005 (a British planelovers convention?) and Frankfurt later this year.

You can reach Denir through the barfbags egroup. Click on the photo for a larger version.

This is the first of a series about bagophiles in their natural habitat. Want to have your picture on Send me a jpg, and I'll put it on the web!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 

Water-prooed? Water-prfooed?

China Eastern's bag design department clearly needs to boost its English language skills. They took three goes before they got the words "Water-proofed" right.

Check out all three designs here.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 

Bagsite of the month

February's bagsite is Petr Manda's This young Czech collector has a rapidly growing collection of over 300 bags. A nice, clean design, easy to navigate... There's even a Most Wanted section, so you know what to send Petr for Christmas.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005 


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. 

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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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