Swaps

Updated 09 January 2013. This means I have all the bags available here for exchange. I also have many other, still unclassified bags waiting to add to this list.

If you have a bag that's not in the Gallery, I'd be delighted to receive it in exchange for one of the bags below. My bags are in an "as is" condition (i.e., there might be the odd crease caused by stuffing them down my trousers in order to smuggle them off the plane, or perhaps chewing gum or a tea stain from a prior seat-occupant). I try to avoid forwarding used bags that have a significant bacterial load. All donations are tax-deductible. Email me to strike a deal, then mail your bags to me at this new address

The pictures and text are copied straight from the relevant page in the Gallery. The text might refer to "the bag above" or such like: that means the bag above in the main Gallery, not in this listing.

For some of the bags, you can click on the image to see a larger picture.

To compare the bags in this list with other items from the same airline, select the appropriate page in the Gallery on the left.

Note: this list may be inaccurate if I'm overseas. As they say on airline menus, "we request your understanding if your first choice is unavailable" (in other words, if someone else has got to it before you). Bags new since the last update marked with new (logical, eh?).

Air bags A Air Aj B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z | Generic | Boat | Bus | Train | Special  | Dog | Movies & shows | Lab | Sanitary

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Air bags

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adamair02

Adamair (black tie)

Slightly larger than the other Adamair, a slightly lighter shade of orange... but the thing that clinches this as a separate bag is the colour of the wire tie: black rather than white.

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Adamair (text)

Adam has added text in English, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi and Indonesian explaining what to do if you puke into this bag.

Not bad for a carrier that serves the internal market in Indonesia only.

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Adamair (bold)

This time with bolder text.

3

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Aeroflot (red)

At last: Аерофлот has ditched the hammer-and-sickle logo and Soviet-era grunge design. It's now gone for a sunrise-red fountain-fill background and a tiny Russian flag that is playing in the wind - got stuck in the plane door as they were closing it, I assume.

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 aerolineasargentinas04

Aerolineas Argentinas (logo only)

It's now a low-flying vulture.

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Aerosur (dark green strip)

Lucky I'm not colour-blind, or I would never be able to tell the difference between all these fine Aerosur bags.

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Airberlin.com (coarser crimping)

This bag is printed on a thinner, slightly more absorbent paper that makes the test appear bolder. And the crimping on the base is coarser.

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Air Canada (star, reinforced base)

Air Canada's cleaning crews must have complained about bag leakage. This item now has a reinforced base. 

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aircanada16

Air Canada (bigger PS 2051)

Isn't it about time that Air Canada's bags got a different reorder number (for that is what I assume the PS 2051 is)?

Other airlines switch bagmaker or make subtles changes in the design every now and then. Air Canada just makes the eternal PS 2051 bigger (as here).

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Air China (logo bottom right)

A completely new character for the Chinese carrier. There's a string of AIR CHINA AIR CHINA... going round the top of the bag, and what looks like a peel-off sticky tab to seal the bag after use. Unfortunately the instructions are in Chinese only, and I don't want to reduce the value of my bag by actually trying to peel it off.

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Air China (new character)

If you're a serious collector (yes, they do exist), it's always worthwhile checking the gussets (the side-folds) on your bags.

This exemplar from Air China looks, feels, smells and tastes the same as the airchina15 model above. But a quick shufty in the gusset shows that the two Chinese characters there have changed. Don't ask me what the significance of this is - I'll try to find out.

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Air China (wider spacing)

More space between the Chinese characters for "Airsickness bag", and nothing in the gusset. All printed on the charming pinkish paper they used to use.

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Air Deccan (wire tabs)

That's better: there are now some tabs to turn. Looks as if Air Deccan bag design executives saw the criticism above.

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Air Efata

A new Indonesian carrier that hasn't got round to printing anything on its bags yet.

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airfrance03

Air France

Clean, stylish, minimalist, very French.

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airindia04

Air India (Creation 9122 turquoise)

Same as the bag above, but with a different phone number in the gusset: CREATION 9122-5672626.

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Air Malta (tighter type)

The printing on the base has bee retypeset - it's closer together than on previous editions.

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Air Mauritius

Air Mauritius's single red bird flies a lot higher than its fellow Indian Ocean islanders from Air Seychelles.

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Air Niugini (retypeset)

The Air Sickness Bag has a ritzy new typeface.

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Air Polonia

You would have thought that a reputable firm like Air Polonia would be able to afford their own design. At least the "Airsickness bag" is in Polish.

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Air Zimbabwe (green)

Inflation running at 3000% (that's 17% a week), economic collapse, widespread hunger throughout the country. Air Zimbabwe has cancelled flights to London for fear its aircraft will be impounded to pay for unpaid debts. The company's far-sighted response? Issue new barfbags with a ritzy new green logo.

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Alitalia (logo)

The Italian carrier now features a logo - or is it a road sign? 

Signs of a fresh bag shipment on this plane: it featured no less than three types of bags: this one, plus Travelgum and a plain Xamamina.

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allnippon02

All Nippon Airways (blue)

Same white strip as on the bag above, but this one is blue. The chequerboard stripes have disappeared, too.

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Austrian Airlines Group

Like the 1999 bag above, but now belongs to the whole firm.

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Bangkok Airways (off-white)

The Thai flyer has migrated to a slightly off-white paper.

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bataviaair04

Batavia Air (plastic)

One of these bags went on eBay for $80 recently. I got this one for free from Gilles Beger. Well, actually, I traded it for a bag that he wanted. Vive la barter trade!

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Bouraq (2 mm less)

The broad green band has shrunk by 2 mm.

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British Airways (1999)

Oh dear, I've been scanning the bags on this site the wrong way up. Turn your monitor over, and you'll see that it says "waste" in huge letters: the biggest type yet seen on an airsickness bag. It also says it in Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Hindi—mercifully, in smaller type. Languages dropped since the previous version of BA's bag are French, German, Italian, Greek and something I don't recognize (it must be either Farsi or Urdu). Tough luck (that's "tant pis" in French and "Pech" in German) if you speak any of these languages. BA has also done away with the detailed graphics, keeping only two (no cigarettes and no liquids).

If American Airlines has a bAArfbag, does that make this one a BArfbag?

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Cathay Pacific (glued gussets)

Yet another variant of Cathay's basic design. This one (with the T in TEAR over the R in PAPER) has gussets glued firmly together at the top and bottom.

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Cathay Pacific (darker)

A darker turquoise ink, and the "tear off" has been retypeset: check the Os carefully to spot the difference.

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Cebu Pacific (cartoon)

Oh dear, what can have got into the heads of Cebu Pacific's management? This jolly bag features a moustachioed 747 wearing a First World War pilot's helmet. Looks like they're trying to give employment on the side to some of those out-of-work Philippine-based Disney cartoonists.

It also exhorts passengers "for your next flight use cebupacificair.com". Maybe that will help prevent airsickness next time you fly?

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China Eastern (water-proofed)

A chubby cartoon plane shows how friendly the skies in China are becoming.

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chinaeastern12

China Eastern (0755-82461999)

This one has the phone number above. If you want to fax them, it's 8246133.

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China Southern (larger type)

It's the "Water-Proofed" that's in larger type. Correctly spelled, too!

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Continental (2000)

Seat Occupied Airways have now done away with the wire wings.

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Continental (Skyteam)

Still with the octagonal star in the gusset, but now with a Skyteam logo to accompany the Continental globe.

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ČSA (large logo)

Goes to prove that you can put your logo anywhere you want on your bag.

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Delta Air Lines (1999)

The New Look Of Delta: A High-Tech Peel-Off Label Full Of Upper And Lower Case Letters That Tell You To "Gently Peel Label Off Bag. Fold Down Two Times Away From Label And Adhere To Bag".

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Delta (plastic, blue)

Things must be getting tough if you have to save money by eliminating the splash of red ink on the logo and the printing on the label.

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Egyptair (sturdy)

Made of industrial-strength paper, this bag is built to last 5000 years.

The "airsickness bag" has been retypeset too. And the tel/fax number in the gusset is 2916034, in case you want to order a fresh bag while aloft.

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Egyptair (less sturdy)

Same phone/fax number as above (2916034), but flimsier paper. Don't let me give you the wrong impression, though: this bag will still last you till the end of your flight.

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emirates04

Emirates (cartoon)

Emirates now features a cartoon of a bald man peering over the edge of a bag: "Help me to keep things tidy". Despite the helpful diagrams on the flip side, I think I prefer the luxurious-looking bags above to this downmarket version. 

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Emirates (nivagold)

This revamped Homo kilroyus bag has the bagmaker's website on the base: www.nivagold.idz.net. Er, sorry, it's outdated: try www.nivagold.co.th instead.

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Emirates (brown)

Emirates have killed off Kilroy in order to put English and Arabic instructions on opposite sides of the bag.

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Ethiopian Airlines (no logo)

No lion, no logo, no "Going to great lengths to please". So how do we know it's from Ethiopian? Because the text is in Amharic, that's how.

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Ethiopian Airlines (upright M)

My wife actually apologised for bringing me four of these bags when she got back from a trip to Addis: she knew I have lots of Ethiopian spares. But close examination reveals a major difference from the bag above: the English text in the middle has been retypeset. Can't see the difference? Look closely at the Ms: they have upright rather than slanted stems (in the bag above they look like inverted Ws). And the Ns and As have pointy tops instead of flat ones.

What more proof could you want that you should always harvest bags from every flight, even if you already have dozens of extras from that airline?

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evaair07

Eva Air (tongues of flame)

A pretty bag featuring orange and green tongues of fire.

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Eva Air (squares)

Eva Air is coming out with some of the more innovative designs in bagdom. This one features stylized excerpts from Eva's menu: cubes of fresh cucumber and quadrucci pasta made from stone-ground grey durum wheat flour. All arranged in a tasteful spray, as if newly regurgitated by Eva's pampered passengers.

1 (top torn off)

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Freebird

Hard-to-lose yellow bag with a logo that looks like ~) on its edge. Add a couple of dots and it looks like a smiley with a broken nose :~)

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Garuda (dashes)

Subtle, subtle: this bag is like the one above, but it is actually sealed at the top, and has a row or perforations to help you rip it open. The dotted lines are dashes rather than dots, making it different from the sealed bag above.

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Garuda (open top)

Two distinguishing features about this bag: the sloppy construction (the seam threatens to come apart with a minimal load of barf), and the fact that it is not sealed at the top, despite the "tear of here" and perforations.

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Garuda (light blue)

A major break with tradition from the Indonesian carrier. No, they haven't started making their bags any bigger, but they are a different colour.

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Germanwings

Rich deep purple with gold trimmings - designed to make you forget you're on a budget carrier.

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Germanwings (zur Erinnerung)

Recognition at last for the noble avocation of baggery.

"Zur Erinnerung an alle Sammler: Tüte nur leer ins Album kleben!"

This translates into English as: "Reminder to all collectors: Stick only empty bags in the album!"

I got off a Germanwings flight from Rome to Cologne  in October 2005 and walked passed a group of cabin cleaning staff waiting to board the plane. One was holding a sheaf of these bags. I relieved him of as many bags as I thought decent.

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Germanwings (Luftloch)

The first bag to provide a ready-made excuse to passengers who avail of its services: "It was only a small hole in the air!"

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Hainan Airlines Group (blue)

According to the baggossip on the barfbags egroup, this bag belongs to the Hainan Airlines Group, not just the airline itself.

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Hapagfly

I guess a hapagfly is one of those insects that buzzes around your head just as you're getting romantic with your Significant Other.

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hapaglloyd02

Hapag Lloyd (2001)

Logo is still on the base, but at least they've managed to print it directly onto the bag rather than onto a sticky label.

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Hapag-Lloyd (website only)

The world's first virtual airline: the webaddress rather than a logo. Visit www.hlf.de for instructions on how to use this bag.

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Hapag-Lloyd Express (taxi)

A true rarity - a joke by an airline on a barfbag: Vielen Dank für Ihre Kritik (thank you for your criticism).

There's even an invitation on the reverse for more: Weitere Kritik oder Anregungen können Sie auch uns gerne mailen: kundenservice@hlx.com (you are welcome to send us further criticism or encouragement...)

This bag claims that you can Fliegen zum Taxipreis (fly for the price of a taxi). The design is borrowed from New York's yellow cabs. Which is strange: Hapag-Lloyd doesn't fly there.

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hlx03

hlx.com (Alles)

"Alles muss raus" (everything must go [out]), says this witty combo of barf container and advert for hlx's budget fares.

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hlx07

hlx.com (Da wird..)

Da wird der Konkurrenz schwindlig - "That will make the competition dizzy".

So why not put these bags on their planes?

This is "8. Edition".

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iberia07

Iberia (larger)

Slightly bigger bag for those bumpier trips. The design has expanded slightly to fill the space better, and the instructions at the top are in a bigger type to make them easier to read in an emergency.

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iberiaregional02

Iberia Regional (6 languages)

Instructions in Spanish, French, English, German, Italian and Portuguese.

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icelandair02

Icelandair

Sadly, nothing in Icelandic on this bag. Four possibilities: (a) Icelanders don't fly, (b) they all speak English, (c) as worthy descendants of Thor and Odin, they don't get airsick, or (d), as even worthier descendants of the Norse gods, they don't use a bag when they're sick.

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iranair04

Iran Air (blue)

Exciting new developments from the Islamic Republic: this bag is now the same colour as Kuwait Airways.

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JAL Group

A minimalist design from JAL. Beats me what the 93 grey squares are for: the grid for an oriental board game, perhaps?

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jet04

Jet Airways (larger instructions)

Passengers couldn't read the fine print on the bag above, so Jet's bag design team have upped the point size.

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jet05

Jet Airways (seam in right gusset)

Same design as the bags above, but the seam is now in the right gusset rather than the left.

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jet06

Jet Airways (clouds)

Features a pictures upwards through a broken ceiling of clouds - the view you only get from the ground, or out of the plane window if it's banking tightly and has one wingtip in the air. In which case, you might need this bag.

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jet08

Jet Airways (Take Care)

Nice friendly advice, but a bit late if you're already using this bag.

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Kenya Airways (flat base)

Now they've gone back to block-bottom bags again. Confusing for passengers, but a delight for bagophiles.

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Kenya Airways (KQ)

Everyone (in Kenya, at least) calls Kenya Airways after its callsign, KQ. Its designer has given in to popular pressure and has given the logo a makeover to reflect this.

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klm01

KLM (1997)

No logo or other indication that this is a KLM bag. The only clues are the Dutch words "Prullenzakje" (followed by "Disposal bag" in English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese) and "Vouwen" (followed by "Fold" in English and Spanish only). No sign of the other two UN languages: French and Russian

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KLM (1999)

I vacated my seat on a long-distance KLM flight to make room for a mother and her small child. A few hours later, a stewardess came to my new seat, thanked me, and presented me with this (full) barfbag. Inside were two ceramic Dutch houses, which proved to be miniature bottles of Bols liqueur. I immediately registered for KLM's frequent flyer programme, and will ask to be seated next to small children on all future flights.

There's a tiny KLM logo on the base of this bag, along with the words, "KLM thanks you for helping to create a cleaner environment". And for cutting their cleaning bills too.

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KLM (wavy line)

After generations of text-only KLM bags, here at last is one with a design. Either that, or a comb got caught in the press while the bag was being printed.

Clumsy wording on the base: "For your convenience you may use this bas as your waste bag. Our cabin staff will collect these during the flight or you may leave this on your seat before deboarding."

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KLM (Skyteam)

The KLM printing works now has to do two-colour printing. They use bucketfuls of light blue ink to print most of this bag, then have to add a teaspoonful of dark blue to print the minuscule Skyteam logo on the base.

Nothing in the gusset.

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KLM (reworded base)

An editor has caught up with the text in the base. It now says "This waste bag is provided for your convenience. Please pass used bags to a member of our cabin staff or leave on your seat at the end of the flight."

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KLM (star)

Close inspection reveals slightly lighter type in this bag... but that could be acceptable variation within the same design. No - the clincher is that this bag has a DeSter star in the gusset.

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KLM (Skyteam below)

When will KLM's design team tire of dreaming up new variations for the base of their bags? This one has the order of the text and logos on the base reversed.

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KLM (flowers 1)

Rumour has it that there are five different versions of this floral bag.

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KLM (flowers 2)

Can anyone identify the species?

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KLM (flowers 3)

Another herbal bouquet from KLM.

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KLM Cityhopper

KLM is not so shy about its logo on this bag. It's on the front of the bag, and on the base as well in case you missed it first time.

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Korean Air (instructions on back)

You have to call "attendants" (plural) to dispose of this bag.

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Lion Air

It's now Lion Air, without the "lines".

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Lion Air (plain white plastic)

I definitely preferred their paper bags. The cost of those new 737s must have been too much for the bag printing budget.

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LTU (cnt)

At last, relief from the eternal game of spotting different logo orientations and placements on LTU's bags. This one doesn't have a logo at all.

The only printing is the logo and website of Turkish bagmaker cnt in the gusset.

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Lufthansa (grey)

The new look of Lufthansa. A few years ago, Lufthansa redid their interior decor, cutlery and uniforms. Of course, the barfbags had to match.

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Lufthansa (even lighter)

And lighter... Either a deliberate design shift, or poor quality control in the Lufthansa colour-matching department?

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Lufthansa (unreinforced base)

No reassuring rectangle of paper glued to the base. Passengers used to the more usual sturdy German engineering should handle this bag carefully.

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Lufthansa (Sky Chefs)

Isn't it a bit worrying when you realize that your barfbag is being supplied by the same people who provide your meals on board?

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Mahan Air (tear off)

Tearing off the strip on the top of this bag is just about the only entertainment you're going to get on a Mahan Air flight. No in-flight magazine, no safety cards, no video, and the stewardesses are pretty but headscarf-swathed.

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Malaysian Airlines (light red)

Slightly lighter shade of red on this bag. Otherwise, the only difference from the bag above is the typesetting on the base: the bagmaker's name and address (ELAG, CH-3422 KIRCHBERG, Switzerland) is in a bolder font.

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Mandala (finer dots)

Beats me how Mandala can come up with so many variants on the same design. The pattern inside the dots is finer than on other bags - same printing plate, perhaps, but with less ink?

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Merpati (get the feeling)

Features someone throwing something into a litterbin. Not that I've ever seen a bin on board a Merpati flight. Try forcing your bag into your arm-rest ashtray instead - it's so small it might just fit.

The text also has the friendly advice, "Keep clean". So is hygiene what "Get the feeling" is all about?

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Merpati (no feeling)

Merpati's nerve endings must have gone numb: there's no "get the feeling" on this bag.

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Merpati (black/white, plastic)

Merpati are anxious to get away from their reputation of providing the smallest bags in the skies. This one is bigger, and is made of plastic.

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Nok Air

I can only think that the printing on the Thai low-cost carrier's (evidently hand-folded) bag is concealed by dense fog.

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Northwest (vertical tab)

Northwest is experimenting with different bag structures. It's about time they found a better design -- perhaps even one with a logo on it.

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PACTEC Air Service

This Afghan relief carrier uses standard Sic-sac bags.

PACTEC? According to their website, it means "Partners in Technology International".

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Philippine Airlines (back to the feather)

Nope, the feather and the tranquil traveller are back again. But they've ditched the unnecessarily ornate typeface in the "Airsickness" text.

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Qatar Airways (no maker)

The bag above was made by Basic (it has their logo in the gusset). This one wasn't made by anyone. Yet another proof of evolution rather than creationism?

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Royal Brunei (stripes)

The broad yellow stripe along the bottom of this bag is to stop cars from parking on it.

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Royal Jordanian (no crown)

Same as the bag above, but no crown. Has King Abdullah started flying his own plane?

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SAS (2000)

A new offering from SAS. Look carefully for the name of the airline: the word "Scandinavian" is hidden in the gusset.

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Shanghai Airlines (tape)

Has a piece of white tape on the reverse to hold the bag base together.

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Singapore Airlines (Litter disposable)

Singapore's bag design team have decided to put the "litter disposable" in front of the "airsickness bag".

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Singapore Airlines (Litter disposable, boldface)

They must have lost the printing plates for the bag above. The "Tear off to open" on this bag is in a bolder typeface.

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Song

Delta's low-cost carrier. Why do all these low-cost carriers have such short names? Song's logo looks like a garrotte: keep it well away from your neck.

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South African Airways (CPT LHR)

An enigmatic design: a stylized rice plant, perhaps, or the beak of a parrot? And what is the row of airport destinations at the bottom? 

| CPT | LHR | FRA | YOUR BAG | HKG |

Can you use the bag only if your itinerary includes Cape Town, Heathrow, Frankfurt or Hong Kong? Do they have different bags on other routes?

BAG is the code for Baguio in the Philippines. 

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Spanair (SAS Group)

Looks like Spanair is joining lots of clubs. It's now a "Member of the SAS Group" as well as being "A Star Alliance member".

The www.spanair.com webaddress is cunningly hidden in the gusset.

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Sri Lankan

Logo looks like a winged worm.

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Star Air

One of a new breed of soon-to-be-bankrupt Indonesian airlines. This one reproduces Garuda's design and typographic errors, including the instruction to "tear of [sic] here" although the bag is unsealed. It features a paper aeroplane on the front, and is bigger than Garuda's offering, too. More food on board?

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Sterling.dk

Fly Europe for less... and according to the logo, break someone's heart.

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Swiss (double square)

No longer an "Air sickness bag" (in English, German, French and Italian), but now "Waste" (in the same languages), plus "Rument", which I guess is Romansch.

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Swiss (lots of crosses)

No less than 3600 of them. Plus two bigger ones in the red squares near the bottom.

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TACA (even plainer)

A disturbing case of infection by Yanqui albinism? To think that TACA used to have one of the prettier bags in the skies.

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TAM (longer, thinner)

Proporciones diferentes en este nueva bolsa de su aerolinea favorita en Latinoamérica.

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TAM Mercosur (shorter)

A shorter bag, but still room for 12 > symbols.

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TAM Mercosur (red/grey)

Ever wondered why some Latin American bags look as if they have been rolled up?

Well, it's probably because they have. I found a stash of TAM Mercosur bags in a compartment in a toilet on a plane from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz in Bolivia. All neatly rolled up and ready to stuff under my jacket.

Looks as if the bag manufacturer is skimping on plastic - this bag is about a centimetre shorter than the similar TAM bag.

In fact, is it really a TAM bag? No logo or airline name, but this bag was definitely from a TAM Mercosur plane.

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TAP Portugal (green, 15.7 cm)

Now in lime green. The measurement is the outside length of the green rectangle - almost a centimetre shorter than the bag below.

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TAP Portugal (green, 16.5 cm)

This one's rectangle is 16.5 cm long. And the "para enjoo" on the reverse lacks a circumflex - it should read "para enjôo"

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Thai (international, purple strip)

Ah, the subtleties of bag design! Unlike the bag above, the tear-off strip at the top is purple. Presumably Thai found that passengers failed to notice they had to tear off the strip, and used the bag without opening it.

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Thai (small maroon)

Back to the standard size, but keeps the maroon livery.

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Thai (Y 6-2004)

A newer bag than the one above.

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Transavia

The graphic shows a hand placing a large wad of chewing gum on top of a fencepost.

Hint: If the wire or sticky tape used to close your bag is missing, chewing gum makes an excellent substitute.

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TUI (smiley)

Now features the new TUI smiley logo.

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TUIfly (Das kommt...)

"Das kommt mir in die Tüte" - roughly, "that's going in my bag". An advertisement for TUIfly's €19.99 Europe-wide fares.

Yet another example of German low-cost airlines' ability to combine innovative marketing with entertaining bag designs.

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TUIfly (Take it...)

..."with a smile". A play on the airline's one-eyed smiley logo, and on the facial expressions of passengers who have successfully aimed into the bag rather than onto their freshly laundered attire.

Or maybe an invitation for bag collectors to grin while they purloin the bag from their seat pocket?

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Turkish Airlines (no reinforced base)

Oh, the subtlety of those Turks! Unlike the two bags above, this one doesn't have a reinforced base. The typeface is oh-so-slightly different, too.

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Turkish Airlines (no cabin crew)

The reference to the crew has disappeared. Perhaps they objected to being given everyone's garbage?

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United (dark blue, with base)

As a post-11 September security measure, an extra rectangle of paper has been glued on the base of this bag.

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United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (Airsicknessbag)

In an admirable effort to cut costs, the UN's air service in Afghanistan has been skimping on its corporate identity by supplying low-cost generic bags.

From a flight from Kabul to Herat.

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United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (plain)

If you thought that a generic bag was as low as the UN could stoop, think again: this one is plain white. Feel lucky you still get a wire tie to secure it.

From a flight from Dubai to Afghanistan.

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Varig

If you ever fly Varig, take your own barfbag onto the plane with you, just in case you feel ill. Emblazoned as they are with NATO stars, Varig's bags are far too pretty to spew into.

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Vietnam Airlines (lotus)

Those of you who have flown Vietnam Airlines recently (and who hasn't?) will have noticed the fleet's livery has changed from boring blue to... boring blue, and the stork has been replaced by a triffid. The carrier's bags have finally caught up with this rebranding.

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Virgin Atlantic (sans serif)

Branson has gone for a zippier looking typeface: one without dots on the i's.

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Virgin Atlantic (Bahamas)

This witty item shows a grey London pigeon (Columba livia) morphing into what appears to be a blue-and-gold macaw (Ara ararauna) - which is not native to the Bahamas.

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Wings Air

Fly is cheap!

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Generic bags

 

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Unknown white

I think this big, boring bag is American, but can't be sure.

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Boatbags

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Seafrance (purple name)

The name is now in purple, not black.

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Norfolk Line

You have to have a really good reason to cross the Channel by boat these days. Picking up barfbags isn't one of them: all you get is a plain white bag.

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Trainbags

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CRH

It says it's an airsickness bag, but it's really a trainbag with delusions - from the China Railway High Speed.

You need one of these bags if the train goes round a curve as tight as that depicted in the logo.

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Special bags

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Langenscheidt

German dictionary producer Langenscheidt is the first publisher to have realized the value of barfbags as an advertising medium.

Langenscheidt has issued this fine bag in conjunction with its latest reference work, Chef-Deutsch, Deutsch-Chef, a bilingual Boss/German dictionary aimed at helping German speakers understand their superiors.

The dictionary is authored by "Bernd Stromberg", a fictional character played by actor Christoph Maria Herbst in the German version of the BBC comedy series "The Office".

We eagerly await further bagpublishing ventures from Langenscheidt.

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Sic-Sac (3)

Another retypeset, this time with smaller type.

This bag came from a Kenmore Air seaplane that operates in British Columbia, Canada.

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Belloo

It would be hard to miss this bright red bag from Switzerland in a dog owner's hand. Instructions in German, French, Italian, English and what I guess is Czech: Pytlík na odstranĕní psích exkrementů.

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Cyngor Sir Penfro

My first dogshit bag in Welsh. In fact, my first bag of any type in Welsh: it's not a language frequently used in international aviation.

This fascinating item is issued by Cyngor Sir Penfro, or Pembrokeshire County Council, which is charged with preventing dog excrement pollution in the furthest corners of Wales.

"Your dog must wear a collar and tag with your name and address when in a public place", it says. This friendly advice is followed by threats: "Stray dogs are collected by the dog warden and impounded until a release fee is paid. Clean up after your dog. Offenders will be prosecuted."

Check the bag itself if you want to know what that lot is in Welsh.

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Dog Station (2)

Slight variation on the Dog Station bag above.

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Fedog Město Mladá Boleslav

Mercifully fewer accents, but not so few that I want to undertake the task of retyping the text for your benefit.

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Gassi

One of the most exciting bags to have hit the world's pavements.

Put your €0.50 into a Gassi dispenser in Austria, and out drops this little cardboard package. (If you're lucky, out drop two of them.)

It opens up to reveal a sturdy plastic bag. Tear off the built-in cardboard scraper to shovel your pet's shit off the sidewalk and into the bag.

There's a series of six helpful diagrams to show you exactly how to do this.

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Gold Coast City Council

The cartoon shows a happy canine using a shovel to dump do-do into a paper bag. Reality is different: the three diagrams show how to use human hands, not a hygienic shovel, to dispose of your pooch's poo.

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I © MY DOG (Weobley)

The burghers of Weobley, a picturesque black-and-white village in bucolic rural Herefordshire, in the west of England, want you to visit. But they don't want your dog to leave anything that might deter other visitors.

Walk into the village post office, and you can ask for five free cardboard poop-scoops, so you can take your canine's faeces back home with you.

Weobley Parish Council has invested in a stack of bags to give away free to visitors.

You can also get a set of bags from at least two of the village stores. You don't even have to produce a dog - or any dogpoo - in order to get a set of bags.

Visit them all, and you can drive out of Weobley with no fewer than 15 handy pocket-sized dogshit bags for your collection or to trade with friends.

There's a sticker on the bag informing you of the Parish Council's largesse, and telling you where to get more bags if the village stores have all run out.

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I © MY DOG (Galway)

Galway is the latest burgh to follow Weobley's inspirational lead. "Galway City Council have supplied tou these to help keep the area free from dog fouling..." it says.

Order more from www.poopscoop.biz

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Las Vegas

Home of the bag, not its name. Dog mess doesn't biodegrade in the desert, so it has to be cleaned up before it gets tracked into the casinos (as if Americans ever walked anywhere!). This large bag features three compartments: the main one (white plastic), plus smaller black ones on each side. Use the big one to carry your shopping; use the others for your wallet and your dogshit.

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National Trust

Pull a bag out of the dispenser at Bosherton's Lilyponds nature reserve in southern Pembrokeshire, Wales, and you get this bag. Roomy, but neither informative nor entertaining.

Ask the warder, though, and you might get the very different Cyngor Sir Penfro bag.

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UHV

That stands for Umwelt - Hygiene - Vertrieb, or Environment, Hygiene, Distribution. Not sure where the distribution comes into it. If you're as curious as I am, ask www.hundetoilette.de

The top of the bag exhorts Hundebesitzer NEHMT RÜCKSICHT! (Dog owners, TAKE CARE!)

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UHV (lighter printing)

Yes, UHV have tried to lighten up their bags with a slightly lighter typeface. The dogpoo is still bright red, though.

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Medical and labs

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Nach Gebrauch schließen

...und auf den Boden stellen.

Though I wonder if it wouldn't be a better idea to hand it to the crew to avoid spillage as your ambulance veers round a corner at high speed?

From an ambulance in Röddenau, Hessen, in Germany.

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Adolf Rick Nachfolger (coarse cut)

Now with a coarse crinkle cut.

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Adolf Rick Nachfolger (bright blue)

Adolf and friends are still using the old postcode (5300 Bonn 2), which was abandoned back in the early 1990s after German reunification.

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Astra (014)

The 014 is the code number next to the Stenqvist (the bagmaker) on the reverse).

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Astrein, (1670202)

From a women's loo at the University of Bochum in Germany. Packed with disposal information in German, French, Danish, Czech, Russian and Polish. Plus addresses for where to get more of these bags in Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Poland, Latvia and the Czech Republic. 

"Astrein" is German for "above-board" or "genuine".

The only thing that confuses me? If this is a feminine hygiene bag, why is there a picture of a workman at the top? And why is he winking?

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With addresses at the bottom for bag refills in Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Poland, Latvia and the Czech Republic.

From the Speuerhaus in Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany.

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Contentitore igienico per signora

"Higenic Bag for Ladies. Please do not throw in the toilette. Use only the proper can". In Italian, French, German, Spanish and what I guess is Serbo-Croat.

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Contentitore igienico per signora (no Croat)

Similar design to the bag above, but does not cater to Croats. 

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Depa

Why does the English have the plural BAGS, while the other languages make do with the singular?

This uses the same text as the Zakje bag, but the bagmaker (Depa) is identified on the reverse.

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Gelpa (three stars)

This Gelpa has shed a star, and the Gelpa logo itself has dropped closer to the base of the bag.

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Huong Giang Hotel, Hue, Vietnam

Hint: this sounds like "hwerng zang". It means, "Perfume River", which is the river that runs through Hue, in central Vietnam.

Pretty golden flowers, and a logo of a swan overflying a dragon boat.

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Hygiene-Beutel 02

How many ladies' loos have the sort of bin depicted on this bag?

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Hygiene-Beutel Cologne station, Germany

Like the Bochum bag above, but the logo on the reverse is placed differently. 

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Ille (logo)

Not nearly as interesting as the other Ille bags on this page: just the Ille logo, website and phone number, in case you are in need of a new supply of bags to dispose of your used hygiene products.

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Ille (Damit nichts)

Damit nichts daneben geht ("so nothing goes amiss"), it says on this Lady Bag manufactured by German bagmake Ille. There's a handgun printed on the bag as a threat, or to defend yourself against wilful random tampon disposal.

The bag continues with poetry:

Binden und Tampons,
von Mini bis Groß,
gehören einfach nicht in Klos.

(Napkins and tampons,
small and large,
don't belong in loos.)

Yet another quirk: the bag is printed upside down.

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Ille (heute schon)

The third in this remarkable series: Heute schon gebeutelt?, it asks. My wife (who is German) doesn't know what this might mean... so I'm forced to fall back on the English translation "Bagged yet today?" Whatever that might mean.

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Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi

Invites you to place this "sac destructible" in "the bin or incinerator provided".

I've stayed in the Jacaranda, but have never noticed an incinerator in the rooms.

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Joerg Meyer

Design student Joerg Meyer's thesis was all about sanitary bags. It even comes with a sample. Here it is - sadly, without a design. Check out his thesis here.

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Necessities®

A surfeit of euphemisms: this "Courtesy Bag" is "for your needs away from home".

It's only when you flip it over that you realize what it's really for: "Please use this bag for disposal", it says. "A bio-degradable recyclable paper product".

So it's to dispose of some kind of waste... and at 7.6 x 18.2 cm, it's not big enough to be a barfbag or to hold maxi-pads. Ergo, it must be a sanibag, designed specifically for tampons or smaller sanitary napkins.

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Quality Hotel (Kuala Lumpur)

Original closure mechanism: a piece of elastic looped through a hole.

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Residency Club, Chennai, India

I found this sanibag in the bin in my hotel room. Fortunately it was unused, so I took it out and put it in my suitcase. Later that day I came back and found a new bag in the bin, so I stole that as well. And so on for eight days. The hotel staff must have wondered what was happening to their bags. If they visit this page, they'll know.

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Sanitetspåse (3)

Even less inspiring...

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TORK

A paper bag from the Netherlands, from the same people as make those huge toilet rolls.

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Voor het opbergen (lower)

I think it means "For sanitary towels etc." At least, that's what the English says. Only females of the species will know what the "etc." means.

No, actually it means "To clear up", according to Els Hendrikson. Just shows you shouldn't use a sanibag as a bilingual dictionary.

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