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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!


Bagsite of the Month, June 2007

Winner of the coveted Bagsite of the Month award for June is Christian Becker's site.

This German collector's attractively designed site features links to the airlines whose bags are represented.

So it you decide you'd like one of those attractive Air Vegas bags you see on his site, just click on the logo and you jump straight to the airline's site so you can book your flight.

Er, actually, you don't... Air Vegas ceased operations in 2004, and the link now goes to a the site of a firm offering tours of the Grand Canyon.

So it looks as if the only place you can see that Air Vegas bag is now on

A word of caution on the bagnumbers Christian claims to have. According to the site, he has 22 Air Berlin bags, though only 3 are displayed on (and according to exhaustive research by's indefatigable team of researchers, only 8 different Air Berlin bags exist). Perhaps Christian is somewhat unconventionally counting all the bags in his possession, not just the unique items?

For those sad souls who collect safety cards (thereby endangering their fellow passengers by depriving them of vital information that could save lives in an inflight emergency), also features a small safety card collection. Along with handy links to the manufacturers who build the airborne deathtraps that make safety cards such a vital part of your onboard experience.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 


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. 

Click here for details.

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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