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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!


Bagsite of the Month, March 2007

"The most exciting thing to have happened to barfbags since Lufthansa switched from grey to blue bags!"

That's how one baggist has described our March Bagsite of the Month, Bruce Kelly's just-launched Kelly's World.

This brand-new site is the largest online collection of barfbags in the world, and with 4026 bags is thought to be number three among all collections worldwide (baggists eagerly await the online publication of numbers one and two).

The neatly designed site is easy to navigate, with a handy alphabetical listing of airlines, clickable thumbnail images of every bag, along with a brief description of the bag showing dimensions, design and a description of the gusset contents. Refreshingly, there are no stupid bagjokes of the sort that mar

Kelly's World is where to go to ogle at a Walker's Cay Airline bag, or a WebJet, or a WestAir, or a West Caribbean Airways, or a White, or a World Airways... to name just a few of the airlines beginning with W that I've never even heard of.

If that wasn't enough, there's the biggest swaps list you're ever likely to see - over 850 items. To put that in perspective: Bruce's swaps list is bigger than all but 16 of the richest collections on the planet. It will take you several weeks to browse through this list, and even longer to find something that you can offer Bruce in return.

There's a handy search facility, a list of new acquisitions (look at the frequency with which Bruce acquires new bags, and you'll wonder why you manage to add only three new bags a month to your own collection), and some insights into why this bag colossus started to collect bags.

Shortcomings? Well, the Bag News and Links pages are still under construction, and the homepage might be a little more exciting... but with so many bags to choose from, I can't imagine too many visitors lingering long on just this page.

Sunday, March 11, 2007 

Bag not big enough? Sue the airline!

Phyllis Gershon

The JetBlue bag that was too small

"Here's a novel way to extract cash out of air sickness bags", says Steve Silberberg.

Queasy flier

Woman sues JetBlue for $5.5M in barf bag dis

The thought of flying JetBlue makes Phyllis Gershon sick to her stomach.

The 73-year-old Manhattan woman is suing the popular airline for $5.5 million after she was allegedly bounced from a flight for asking for a large barf bag in case she got a case of airsickness.

"It was a nightmare," Gershon said. "I've had nightmares about it."

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Gershon charged she was the recipient of "hysterical and unjustified actions" by JetBlue while trying to fly home from Burbank, Calif., in October.

Gershon claims she told two airline employees she was feeling queasy - even pulling out a three-day-old, half-eaten sandwich as proof - and asked for a bag. The employees started to argue with her before booting her from the plane. The experience, she charged, made her feel like "she had been accused of being a terrorist."

Upon returning to New York via another airline, Gershon penned a complaint letter to JetBlue - but allegedly got a rude reply from a customer service representative.

The Queens-based airline declined to comment."

Another example of American litigousness gone wild? Or of flight crew paranoia?

Perhaps Ms Gershon could claim additional damages from JetBlue for not putting instructions (or even a logo) on their bags? How else is a poor passenger supposed to know how to use a barfbag?

Click here for the original story in the New York Daily News, and here or here for commentaries (thanks to Steve for the alert).

Monday, March 05, 2007 


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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