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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!


Virtual airline, real bag

Most of the airsickness bags featured on are issued by airlines. The Ingold Airline bag is no exception: Ingold is a Cologne-based carrier founded by Swiss professor and entrepreneur Res Ingold.

The Ingold Airlines website allows you to book flights from anywhere in the world, using a variety of transport means. You can add on-board services ranging from acupuncture to archery.

Ingold's barfbag features a stork with severe gastroenteritis with projectile diarrhoea and regurgitating its herring lunch.

With such a range of services, and a bag to make larger carriers envious, it's a shame that Ingold is entirely fictitious. The airline is an artistic endeavour rather than a transport concern. Found by Professor Ingold in 1982, the firm is virtual: it has no planes, no crew, no ground staff, no passengers, and no worries about rising fuel costs.

The K├Âlner Stadt-Anzeiger, a Cologne newspaper, carried a story about Ingold Airlines in its 28/29 June 2008 edition.

The bag is real, though. Now, how do I classify it on

Click on the bag on the left to see it in all its glory, and on the newspaper article to read the full text (in German).

Thanks to Walter Brinker for the bag and article.

Sunday, July 13, 2008 


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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