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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!


Bag harvesting tips

Plane full? How can you harvest bags from seat pockets other than your own?

Here are some tips:

  • Get a window seat. You can steal the bag from the aisle seat pocket as you get into the seat - or after you have landed.
  • Downgrade to economy. There are more seats in economy, so more bags to steal. Plus, business class passengers deboard first, so there's less chance to swipe bags while you're queuing to exit.
  • Get on board early. Elbow your way to the front of the queue, then remove bags from still-empty seats as you move up the aisle with your cabin baggage.
  • Wait for the right moment. On long-haul flights, wait till everyone is asleep. Get up and walk around the cabin to stretch your legs. While you are doing anti-deep-vein-thrombosis exercises, you can pilfer bags from in front of sleeping fellow-passengers.
  • Check the toilets. Some have a stack of spare bags in a special compartment.
  • Wear the right clothes. I've found that a pullover and a loosely buttoned jacket is the best combination. This enables you to stuff bags unobtrusively under your jacket during harvesting forays. You can then transfer them to under your pullover (tuck the pullover into your trousers to prevent loose bags from spilling out) or better still, into your hand luggage. There are few things more embarrassing than dropping a dozen stolen bags on the floor while rummaging for your passport at immigration control.

Tuesday, July 25, 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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