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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!



The Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi, Mississippi, somehow has the notion that collecting barfbags is strange.

It lists a series of "weird" records from the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records, including "Most spoons balanced on a face" and "Longest game of kingyosukui" (a Japanese game that involves catching goldfish in a paper net).

On the list is the world's biggest airsick bag collection:

"A man in the Netherlands has at least 3,240 'barf bags' from 740 airlines."

The Sun Herald doesn't deign to reveal the man's name: Niek Vermeulen. Apart from being the world's biggest baggist, Niek has contributed several of the rarer bags in the Bagophily collection, including the Air Force One bag. Click here for more.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 

Bag stars in adult comedy

A barfbag is among the stars of the 2001 comedy movie "Town and Country". The blue Continental bag is shown on the left being smooched by a distinctly not-unwell-looking Goldie Hawn. Someone should have told her to hold the bag vertically for maximum vomit retention.

Thanks to Janusz Tichoniuk for this alert and the movie still.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 


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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