Non-bags 

Here's some other stuff in my barfbag collection that I can't quite bring myself to throw away.

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Air France seat reservation sign

Before a stopover on a long-haul flight, the Air France cabin crew use these signs to mark the seats of continuing passengers. Problem is, the text and graphics are the wrong way up. Walk back into the plane after the stopover, and you see these signs stuck into the backs of seats, all upside down.

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Air Zermatt

That's an upside-down map of Wallis on one side, and an upside-down helicopter on the other. This bag advertises both a postcard manufacturer and a Swiss helicopter firm. It's a bit too flimsy to be realistically used as a barfbag. If you feel ill during an Air Zermatt flight, open the door and lean out.

Thanks to Janusz Tichoniuk. (2003)

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Alitalia restricted item box

No problem with my Swiss Army penknife on the flight to Rome from Frankfurt in September 2001. But on the way back, the scanning machine at Rome airport detected it in my cabin bag. I had to go all the way back to the check-in counter, where the clerk made this little white cardboard suitcase, popped the knife inside, festooned it with stickers, and checked it as luggage.

On arrival at Frankfurt, I had to wait for the white suitcase to appear on the carrousel, so missed my train. The only reason I carried my penknife was for its toothpick. From now on, Iíll rely on the free one that comes with the airline meal.

Unless I decide to start collecting little white cardboard suitcases too. (2001)

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Druk Air

The Bhutanese carrier normally palms you off with a Thai bag. This cutlery bag is  the closest you get to an own-brand bag. You'll be lucky to avoid spillage if you use it though -- its only 7.8 cm wide.

Thanks to Piet van der Poel. (2001)

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Eurostar

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Eurostar passengers in Brussels train station check in just like at an airport, have their luggage scanned for bombs and booze, undergo a body search, and go through passport control. The train seats are airline-style: there's an in-flight magazine, and even a pocket in the back of the seat in front of you. The train hurtles through Belgium and France at near-take-off speeds, then zooms into the Channel Tunnel. It actually slows down as it emerges from the tunnel in Kent. But there are no stewardesses or trolley service, and not a barfbag to be seen. Maybe the stewardesses took them all?

After forcing passengers to undergo its check-in indignities and then making them sit facing backwards and hungry as the train dawdles past row upon dreary row of yellow-brick semi-detached houses in Surbiton and Orpington, Eurostar might at least provide a decent barfbag. Perhaps a few hurling passengers might induce a change in corporate policy? (1999)

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Garuda Envelope for Restricted Item

German airport security will confiscate your penknife if you forget to put it into your baggage. Not so Indonesian. Garuda's ground staff pop your lethal weapon into this envelope, write your name on the label, and give it back to you when you reach your destination. You get to keep the envelope as a souvenir. How's that for service? (2002)

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Ghana Airways (blanket)

"Property of Ghana Airways", announces this transparent bag. What a shame it isn't really a barfbag -- it contained a blanket. Hamish Goldie-Scot sent it to me because "it could double up in extremis as a reserve barf bag. The blanket itself (the property referred to) was, of course, left on the plane."

Just in case you think the bag should also go back to Accra, I've negotiated with Ghana Airways to keep it on permanent lease.

Thanks, Hamish. (2000)

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Quick snackbag

I was tempted to pass this mini-bag off as a cost-saving barfbag on the cut-price Scandinavian carrier. But Homer Goetz says it's just a snackbag. Same build as the barfbag in the main Gallery, just shorter. Could this be a new trend?

This scan shows the base; the reverse has the word Snack on it, just like the barfbag equivalent. Confusing, or what?

Thanks to Homer Goetz (2005)


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Zantac

Not a barfbag, but it has the same goal: reducing the downtime needed for cleaning the aircraft. Zantac 75 is a medicine that provides "relief from dyspepsia and heartburn for up to 12 hours", and "helps put you in control". In both English and Arabic.

Thanks to Ted Griffiths. (1999) 

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