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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!


Yet another airline to avoid

Alas, Gulf Air have now gone over to plain white bags. Instead of their attractive orange bag with falcon logo, passengers now have to make do with a plain white monstrosity.

"Better in keeping with our new purple decor", said the stewardess when I challenged her.

I agreed that the combination of orange bags and purple seatcovers might increase the use of the former and the risk of splatter on the latter. But they might at least have come up with a bag design to match.

On this same flight, I did get a rare glimpse of how damage may occur to otherwise mint-condition bags. While refuelling in Bahrain, my plane was invaded by a small army of cleaners. One had the task of replenishing bags in empty seat pockets. He unerringly identified the only pocket on the whole plane with a missing bag (the one from which I had just filched a bag). He reached into his back pocket and pulled out a fresh bag to stuff into the net.

Remarkable, because I didn't see him check any of the other seat pockets on the plane. How did he know my pocket was empty?

Connoisseurs of Plain Whites will recognize that the picture on the left depicts an Ariana, not a Gulf. I haven't yet had chance to scan my new Gulf acquisition, so you're going to have to wait for that particular thrill.

Thursday, October 07, 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. 

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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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