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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!


Another use for plain white bags

Here's another idea for how to use those plain white bags that continue to bore passengers around the globe: use them to communicate with terra firma.

This use was pioneered by Daryl Dickerson, who was piloting a light aircraft over Grants Pass airport in Oregon. The plane's electrical systems failed, leaving him without a radio.

Mr Dickerson wrote notes on the bags and tossed them out of the plane. "Is our landing gear down and locked?" he wrote. He asked observers on the ground to cross their arms if the wheels on the Piper Comanche were not down.

When he saw several people crossing their arms, he flew on to the Rogue Valley International - Medford Airport, which has emergency services. On the way, he and his instructor Ray Keough succeeded in lowering the gear manually, and the plane landed safely.

Messrs Dickerson and Keough were lucky to have a stock of plain paper bags on board. Imagine their dilemma if their bags had been plastic (needs a marker pen to write on) or highly decorated (hard to read a message, and likely to be snapped up by avid collectors on Earth impact).

With the use of mobile phones on board prohibited, dropping bags out of the door is one of the few ways passengers can keep in touch with their loved ones below. Handy instructions on how to open aircraft doors can be found on safety cards in every seat pocket.

Saturday, August 05, 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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