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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!


Bring your own bag aboard

"Paper vomit bags, like the ones found on airplanes, tend to be small and not very sturdy", according to Red E Bag, a firm that sells a stylish alternative to the standard barfbag.

"This sporty compact bag comes with extra-large opaque leak-proof plastic liner bags that attach to a durable washable nylon bag, which fits into coat pockets, but quickly unsnaps and unfolds to reveal a large liner bag ready to catch over a ½ gallon of fluid."

Half a gallon? That's as much as a standard ELAG bag filled to the brim. And Jodi Carr, inventor of the Red E Bag, assures me that her bag can hold that much and still be closed safely.

The Red E Bag comes in black or shocking pink, complete with 5 disposable plastic liners (order new liners from Red E Bag).

There's even an outside zippered pocket to hold tissues, car keys and credit cards. Now that's a feature to add to standard barfbags.

If airlines continue to pare back the number of bags they place in seat pockets, passengers may be forced to bring their own Red E Bags.

The only thing missing from a baggist's point of view? An airline logo. Hmm: I wonder if airlines could be persuaded to give out Red E Bags in First Class?

Visit for more, including a series of photos showing the charming model on the left using the product.

Saturday, February 04, 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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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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