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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!


Sick bags are most appreciated airline freebie

"A poll conducted by has revealed that the most appreciated airline freebie is a sickbag", according to the Cheapflights website.

"Airline freebies have always been a perk of flying, but developments in the travel industry, such as the introduction of low-cost airlines and cost-cutting measures of full-service carriers, have seen freebies and giveaways dwindling. Recent restrictions placed upon hand-luggage capacity have made freebies an almost essential aspect of air journeys, but it appears that that the airline freebie that UK travellers are most thankful for is a small waxed paper sick bag.

"A staggering 49 per cent of respondents to the poll conducted by, the UK’s leading flight comparison website, opted to nominate the sick bag as the item most gratefully received on a flight.

"Other items listed in the poll include in-flight entertainment (21 per cent), soft drinks (10 per cent), pillows and blankets (9 per cent), snacks such as peanuts and crisps (5 per cent) and flight socks (2 per cent).

"David Soskin, CEO of says: 'These results are rather surprising; snacks would definitely have been my first choice. Freebies are thought to be an important factor by full-service carriers, but it seems that passengers expectations about flying are constantly changing. These findings show that the simple things in life are often the most under-rated.'"

Perhaps this research will lead airlines to offer passengers more inspired designs and a choice of bags for all their waste-disposal needs.

Thanks to Janusz Tichoniuk for this alert.

Monday, October 23, 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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