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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!


Vomito pre-confezionato

And while we're on the subject, you can buy your own Vomitair: a pre-packaged bag of barf to hand to the stewardess in case you are not ill enough to puke up on your own.

You can purchase this item for a mere 25.00 "FantaEuros" from the Italian website eCompratelo, which advertises non-existent items dreamt up by users.

The website does not have any pictures of this innovative item, so it's impossible to tell what type of bag it would be delivered in if it were to exist.

Sunday, December 30, 2007 

Give your baggist a unique bag

Can't afford that Lamborghini that the baggist in your life said he wanted for his birthday?

Can't get to IKEA in time to buy him one of those lifelike baglamps we featured earlier?

Then here's another gift idea: a personalized birthday barfbag.

This one, from Italian airline Vomitair, arrived from my brother for my birthday. Truly a unique present.* Click on the bag to find out which birthday it was.

Any other baggists received any similar dedicated bags?

*No, I don't have any spares. Like I said, it's one-of-a-kind.

Sunday, December 30, 2007 

Bags on YouTube

For those with nothing else to do, there's a fast-growing genre of barfbag videos on YouTube.

Most feature appear to feature young people who have had too much to drink hurling their stomach contents into, or away from, the items that baggists normally collect.

I'm happy to report that in my admittedly brief perusal of these videographic masterpieces I have not spotted any bags worth collecting being rendered unwelcome in a serious collection.

A second subgenre shows how people use bags in innovative ways, such as to make hand puppets.

A third subgenre involves people talking about how barfbags have played a significant part in someone's life. This video, for example, is a 10-minute monologue by the manager of a limousine hire-car service rabbiting on about how partygoers didn't have enough of the excellent Sick Saver product in a limo they had hired. No, I don't recommend you watch it.

To access these Oscar might-have-beens, just type "barf bag" (or a similar term) into the Search box at YouTube.

Sadly, none of the baggist confraternity has yet seen fit to submit a video of his or her collection. Who is going to be the first?

Sunday, December 30, 2007 

Bagfest dates 2008

Mark your calendars: here is a list of airline convention dates for 2008, courtesy Niek Vermeulen.

Corrections or additions gratefully received. Please send to the Situations Room.

  • Croydon Airport, Jan 6
  • Los Angeles, Jan 26
  • Basel, Feb 16
  • Stuttgart, Mar 15
  • San Francisco, Mar 15
  • Vienna, Mar 29
  • Los Angeles, Jun 21
  • AI 2008 Dallas, Jul 10-12
  • Frankfurt, Nov 1-2
  • New York La Guardia, Nov 8
  • Antwerp ?
  • Brussels ?
  • Frankfurt Jun?
  • Paris ?
  • Chicago ?

Sunday, December 30, 2007 

The Clemens ebay report for Jul-Sep 2007

Some interesting air sickness bags have been on sale during the 3rd quarter of 2007.

It has become quite rare that very old bags are offered at Ebay. But if this is the case prices get up very high. And this is good. People who become aware about this fact are motivated to protect old bags, to offer them at Ebay and not to throw them into the rubbish bin. I know some people which did cleaning work finding a lot of so called useless rubbish. Years ago this would have been thrown away nowadays it is offered at Ebay; and in most of the cases its find a buyer.

Exactly this was the case with the winner for this quarter.

It is a bag from the 50th from Iberia for which price went up to €106.65.

Runner up is a bag from Venezuela namely Santa Barbara Airlines which was around in the second quarter of this year too and as far as I can see it will be in the short list for 4th quarter too. In this quarter price came up to €81.

Number 3 is a Brazilian bag from America Air at a price of €71.81. Eight bidders brought the price up to this level. America Air Taxi Aereo is a small local airline in the southeast of Brazil which operates with helicopters too.

Bag of the month comes from the Mongolian airline Eznis with the ranks #4 and #5 and #24 at prices of €75.87; €74.87 and €38.44. Eznis is based in the capital of Mongolia at Ulan Bator and was founded in 2006. With 3 Saab 340B it operates 10 domestic routes.

Okay Airways is China’s first private sector airline. Okay is based in Tianjin and its first flight took place in March 2005. Its bag came in as # 6 and #31 at prices of €72.30 and €30.44.

Another new Chinese airline namely Juneyao Airlines came in as # 7 and #32 at prices of €64.98 and €30.44 respectively. This Shanghai-based private airline started domestic services in Sept. 2006. As of April 2007 Juneyao operates the youngest fleet in the world at an average of 0.3 years old per aircraft. They have announced to order up to 30 Airbuses, so it is to hope that their air sickness bags will become available to other collectors too.

Jeju Air from Korea operates scheduled domestic services between the island Jeju and mainland Korea. Price for their bag was €62.34.

Xpressair is one of the countless airlines in Indonesia. This bag was around at Ebay in earlier quarters but still price came up to €60.17. Believe it or not, just 2 bidders fought for this bag.

On rank #10 we find 2 identical older bags which look like bags from Eastern Airline but from LAN Chile. Price was €59.

LAB came in as # 11 at a price of €54.48. The full name for LAB is Lloyd Aero Boliviano. It was the national airline of Bolivia. Due to financial problems in April 2007 services were suspended by the Bolivian government.

Air Minas is a Brazilian airline based in Belo Horizonte. Since Sept. 2003 it operates passenger services to destinations in the state of Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso.
A plastic bag form this airline was bought at €56.21.

Another Brazilian is NHT Linhas Aereas which started operation in August 2006. Based at Salgado Filho Intern. Airport at Porto Alegre the airline operates regional services to 14 cities. Price for their bag came up to €53.03.

At the ranks #14, #15 and# 36 at prices of €52, €49 and €26.50 we find a black plastic bag from the airline fly 540, which is based in Kenya.

As the name says it the airline Ecuatoriana is based in Ecuador. Price for the bag came up to €51.34.

Also with Star Peru it is easy to recognize where the airline comes from. Their bolsa de mareo was on sale a brought a final bid of €47.26.

Three older bags from Cathy Pacific were on sale in September 2007. One of them a really scarce item. This one was interesting enough for 6 bidders to bring price up to €46.91.

Pluna Airways is the Uruguayan airline. An old paper bag came up to €46.58.

As in the quarters before Allegro Airways was highly ranked. This quarter it ranked at # 20 at a price of €45.93.

As described earlier this year Rwandair Express is the national carrier of Rwanda. It came in at a price of €42.98.

As in quarter 2 of 2007 Travira Air from Indonesia was around at ranks # 22 and #37 at prices of €41.42 and €26.46.

Aero Postal Alas de Venezuela normally referred to as just Aeropostal in an airline based in Caracas, Venezuela. It operates domestic services and international services in the Caribbean area and to Colombia, Peru and USA. Their bag came in as #23 at a price of €39.03.

Norjet is a Spanish charter line which was founded in 1987. It merged with Lineas Aereas Canarias to form Meridiana Air in 1982. Bag price came up to €37.

In August a “JAL All Nippon Airways” paper waste bag from the 1960s came on sale. Price came up to €35.84 which was rank #26.

Scibe-Zaire is an airline from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their former name was Scibe Airlift Cargo Zaire. Price for this bag was €35.10.

RICO Linhas Aereas is another Brazilian airline. Their new bag with a new logo was bought at €33.36.

INTAIR is a Canadian airline which ceased operation in the mid 1990s. Price for this plastic bag was €31.46.

Vietnam Airlines issued a new bag with a more modern design. Despite the fact that this bag will be more available within a short time, some wanted to be the first getting this bag in their collection. This brought price up to €30.50.

Another bag from Pluna, this time more colourful came in as # 33 at a price of €29.43.

Avior Airlines is based in Barcelona in Venezuela. The airline operates within Venezuela and southern Caribbean as well as Miami in USA. It started operation in 1994. Price for their bag was €26.60.

Asiana from Korea offers a bag which came in as # 38 at a price of €25.66.

Grand Canyon Airlines was established and started operation in 1927. They operate sightseeing tours over the Grand Canyon. Its main base is Grand Canyon National Park Airport. Their bag with a rubber stamp was sold at €23.79.

A further Brazilian airline is VASP. Price came up to €23.61 which is rank #40.

A plastic bag in orange and pink from AeroPeru came in at a price of €22.71.

Air Plus Comet, which started operation in 1997 and which is based in Madrid services 13 destinations in Central and South America. In January 2007 they changed name in Air Comet. Because of the new name and new corporate design they issued a new bag, which came in as rank # 42, #44 and #45 at prices of €22.22, €22.00 and €21.10.

An early bag from the 1980s from Chinese CAAC came in as #43 at a price of €22.09.

FlugServiceBerlin is a German airline I could not find too much information. As to the seller of this bag FlugServiceBerlin from East Berlin used to fly aircrafts such as Antonov 2s in the 1990s. Price of their bag came in at €21.76.

Ocean Air is currently the # 1 under the Brazilian regional airlines. Based in Rio de Janeiro they were established in 1998 and serve 30 destinations from Rio along the eastern length of Brazil. Price was €21.25.

And finally at rank #48 we find a Brazilian airline again which is Rio Sul at a price of €20.07.

This was all for 3rd quarter of 2007.

As far as I can see now last quarter of 2007 market for barf bags at Ebay shows a slowdown.

More details will be available in my report which will be issued in January 2008.

- Gerd Clemens

Sunday, December 30, 2007 

Still looking for a present for the baggist in your life?

Want to show the baggist in your life how much you care?

Then nip down to your nearest IKEA furniture store and pick up a MAREK lamp.

Modelled on the iconic DeSter block-bottomed barfbag, this lamp has a metal base and a sturdy paper shade. It's sealed at the top to make it easy to hand to the cabin crew without leakage, and features a handy thumbhole to let you hang it on the wall.

The MAREK lamp stands 96 cm tall, including the optional wheels - something that no airline has ever thought of adding to its barfbags.

The lamp comes in a variety of attractive colours, including American Airlines plain white, United blue, Sky yellow, Bali Air purple, USAir red, and Aero Lyon green.

This initial lamp series comes free of any airline logos. But IKEA does sell a set of marker pens that you can use to create your own bag designs. If you do so, don't forget to add a manufacturer's logo in the gusset.

If you can't make it to a bricks-and-mortar IKEA store before Christmas, try ordering online.

Thanks to Wolfgang Franken for sending me such a lamp - a wonderful surprise just before Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 

Bagsite of the month, December 2007

Baggists interested in boosting their East Asian inventory could do worse than visiting this month's Bagsite of the Month: Kanako's Collection, by Japanese collector Kanako Ogawa.

Kanako presents her collection on a handy clickable map showing the regions Asia, Europe, the Mideast, the Americas, Africa and Oceania. The Asia region is the heavyweight: it has some bags that even bulkier collections may lack. But bags from some other regions are a bit thin on the ground: it looks as if Kanako needs some help with her Oceania collection especially.

Bag aficionados should beware of confusion between Kanako's collection and that of fellow Japanese baggist Toshiaki Anan. Both are hosted on the same site, At 483 bags, Anan's is the bigger collection, ranking 33rd on the world listings; Kanako has amassed a mere 100 bags - enough for 50th place.

The Bagsite of the Month Awards Committee is in a generous mood - it has unanimously decided to send Kanako a free Christmas bagpack to plug some holes in her collection.

The Committee is also drawing up a list of potential awardees for 2008. Please send your suggestions to the Executive Secretary.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 

"CNN newsman" caught in Baghdad with bags

The 2002 made-for-TV docudrama Live from Baghdad tells the story of the CNN news crew who broadcast from the Iraqi capital during the 1990 Gulf War.

Of interest to baggists: On his arrival at Baghdad airport, the luggage of Robert Wiener (played by Michael Keaton) is opened by a customs officer. The officer discovers a stash of barfbags in the suitcase. The officer asks Wiener what he does with them, and Wiener replies that he collects them.

Here's another highlight from the dialogue (courtesy

Customs Inspector: 23 bottles of vodka?
Robert Wiener: There was supposed to be 24. Shit!
Customs Inspector: For personal use?
Robert Wiener: Yeah.
Customs Inspector: You are an alcoholic.
Robert Wiener: You're a customs inspector. We all have our parts to play.

Thanks to Oliver Conradi for this alert.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 

Conradi invades Dutch airspace

Hamburg-based baggist Oliver Conradi is within puking distance of the celebrity A-list up there in the frozen swamplands of northern Europe.

North German broadcaster NDR is doing a 30-minute special on bags and baggery - to be broadcast in January 2007. And a Dutch TV station is also doing a feature on his collection.

Oliver promises to inform the bag fraternity of broadcast times so we can all tune in and gawp.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 

Barfbags don't work at 0G

And here is the proof.

Thanks to Janusz Tichoniuk for this item.

Monday, December 03, 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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