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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!


Don't be sick: Come to Klick

Eminent bag researcher Roger Macrae has been delving into those mysterious serial numbers that appear on the Klick photobags used by UK and Irish low-cost carriers. He asked Klick's Customer Services unit for information:

I was wondering whether Klick monitors (market research?) from which carrier(s) the bags are returned with film to be processed and how I could identify the carriers concerned... as the bags don't carry any name or logo.

The first carrier to use these bags was easyJet, the bag could be attributed to them as it carried a code of EJ01 just above the bar code on the bag along with the "serial no" 100073.

The next bag that I acquired was from Ryan Air - this bag differs from the one found on easyJet in that it is predominantly blue in colour as opposed to red for easyJet. The bar code "serial no" also differs - it is 100419.

The most recent bag to find it's way to me was gather from flyBe (formerly Jersey European). This bag is identical to the one found on easyJet except that the bar code "serial no" is 100613 and does not carry the code of EJ01.

Any details that you can supply about the distribution of these bags would be greatly appreciated.

Here's Klick's response:

We do track the promotional numbers from each of these bags, as each number refers to a particular promotion, (therefore it’s possible you may find differing numbers on the same airline).

The three bags which you have currently collected are from Easyjet, Ryan Air and FlyBe.

There are two other airlines currently carrying sick bags from us.

Friday, April 01, 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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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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