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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!


Vomit Comet retired

NASA's KC-135 aircraft, or the "Vomit Comet", used by astronauts and scientists to prepare for weightlessness, has been withdrawn from service.

Crews have cleaned up at least 285 gallons of vomit from the cabin over the years, even though the jocks and boffins were issued with this bag.

Click here for a full report.

Thanks to Steve Silberberg for this news.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 

Qantas bought by Extrafilm

Australian bagcarrier Qantas has been taken over by film processor Extrafilm.

Extrafilm's bags have replaced the sad white bags that disappointed passengers have found in Qantas seat pockets since 2004. The white bags appeared after the end of National Photo's contract with Qantas.

The Extrafilm deal further extends the range of Qantas bags. The airline was already one of the most prolific bag purveyors in the skies. Each National bag carried a code number and expiry date, to prevent budget-conscious photographers from hoarding bags and availing of more than their fair share of cheap photo processing. That meant a myriad of different bags for baggists to delight over.

Extrafilm's bags don't appear to have an expiry date, and the only clue that they are distributed by Qantas is the Q1 near the top right corner.

Thanks to Roger Macrae for this news and the bagscan. Anyone got a spare to trade?

Thursday, April 07, 2005 

Dogbags innocent in murder case

Plastic dogshit bags are sturdy, flexible and easy to carry. But are they a murder weapon?

In March 2004, I received an email from the Scientific Police Institute at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. A young man had been found strangled, and police suspected that traces of plastic under his fingernails might be from a dogshit bag. Could I please send samples from my collection to use as a comparison?

Eager to further the cause of justice, I chopped little samples squares from my French, German, Swiss and Italian doggy bags and shipped them off to Lausanne.

I've just learned that the plastic did not in fact come from a dogshit bag.

So dog owners and baglovers alike can breathe a sigh of relief: dog owners can continue to pick up pooch poop without fear of ending up in a police file.

And dogshit baggists can still steal bags without stirring suspicion.

Local authorities might wish to cut crime on their streets by converting their dogshit bag dispensers, though. After all, it's hard to throttle someone with a paper bag.

Monday, April 04, 2005 

Virgin bags more limited

Those delightful designer bags from Virgin Atlantic have been pulled from circulation.

Virgin no longer distributes its Limited Edition on flights across the Pond, according to a report on eBay.

Relatively few of these items have been offered on the barter market, so eBay remains one of the few places to get them. There are currently two full sets of 20 bags on offer on the online auction house. The links are here and here.

Recent prices for full sets have hovered around the £1 a bag mark.

Monday, April 04, 2005 

Bagsite of the month

April 2005's bagsite is Fred's Airsickness Bags.

Belgian collector Fred Courtay's stylishly designed site displays over 100 bags.

Click on the world map for a list of airlines from each continent, then choose an airline logo to get a pop-up window for each bag.

Sunday, April 03, 2005 

Get the latest bag action

Keep up to the minute with news from around the bagworld!

News on is now available via a newsfeed. You can get the latest bag action delivered free to your screen, the moment it happens.

This link tells you what to do.

Sunday, April 03, 2005 

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. 

Click here for details.

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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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