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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!


Airlines to charge extra for airsickness bags

Carriers Assess $100 ‘Flotation Fee’ for Use of Seat Cushions

By Andy Borowitz, Intervention Magazine.

Air travelers returning home from their summer vacations were in for an unpleasant surprise this Labor Day, as all major U.S. airlines announced a decision to charge extra for air sickness bags on board their planes.

“As we battle rising aviation costs, we have concluded that getting nauseated on board American Airlines is not a right, but a privilege,” said Tammy Connors, a spokesperson for American.

While some critics called the decision to institute a $25 airsickness fee shortsighted, a spokesman for United said the airlines would eliminate the need for airsickness bags by taking measures to nauseate fewer passengers in the future.

“It is hard to become nauseated if you have not been fed, and we have no intention of feeding anybody anything ever again,” the spokesman said.

The airlines’ controversial “no food, no bag” rule -- and their decision to assess a $100 “flotation fee” for the use of seat cushions in the event of an emergency water landing -- represent only the latest in a recent series of service cuts announced by the major carriers.

Last week, Northwest announced that it would no longer show current movie releases on board their flights, and instead would screen the Adam Sandler film “Little Nicky” until the year 2007.

And a spokesman for Delta said that its flight attendants would no longer spill scalding coffee on its passengers as they have in the past.

“From now on, any Delta passenger who wishes to have scalding coffee poured on him will have to pour the scalding coffee on himself,” the spokesman said.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 


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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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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