23 June 2009

Airlines Gallery I: Air Sickness Bags

Air sickness bags are inherently designed to be used and thrown away. However, if you're not the type to suffer from air sickness and you want a free souvenir of your flight, the air sickness bag makes an excellent choice. Below are numerous examples of air sickness bags from a variety of airlines, covering the 1990s and 2000s. As you will see, they range from the colourful to the plain, oftentimes depending on the type and calibre of the airline.

An Air Canada air sickness bag featuring a paper-coated fold-over wire to seal in contents:

Another version of an Air Canada air sickness bag, without the fold-over wire:

An Air Transat air sickness bag from a flight on one of the airline's Lockheed L1011s in the mid-1990s, and featuring Air Transat's old colours and font:

A newer air sickness bag from Air Transat featuring the airline's new colours and font:

A British Airways waste/air sickness bag from the late-1990s. While the airline is not identified on the bag, the cosmopolitan character of British Airways is evident in the provision of multiple languages on the bag:

An air sickness bag from the now-defunct Canada 3000 Airlines, which ceased operations suddenly in 2001 as a result of the economic downturn following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the decline of global air travel. This bag was acquired in 1997:

An air sickness bag from Canadian Airlines, acquired by Air Canada in 2001. This bag is the oldest in the MoMI's collection, dating from a 737-200 flight to Puerto Rico in 1992:

An air sickness bag from Australian airline Quatas, circa 2005. Note that the bag contains a special offer for Kodak photo-finishing services, evidently for people who don't choose to vomit into the bag.

An air sickness bag from the now-defunct Skyservice Airlines, a charter airline based in Toronto, Ontario that served 83 destinations with a fleet of Airbus A320s and Boeing 757s until forced into receivership on 31 March 2010:

A plain white air sickness bag from Sunwing Airlines, another low-cost Canadian charter airline based in Toronto and serving 58 destinations with four Boeing 737-800s:

An air sickness bag from an unknown airline, although the presence of English, German, and French writing suggests that this came from British Airways:

An air sickness bag from US Airways, acquired during a flight to Las Vegas, circa 2006-2007. It would appear that US Airways tailors the air sickness bag to the flight being flown, given that the text on the bag provides accomodation information for passengers flying to Las Vegas:

A Japan Air Lines air sickness bag, acquired during a Tokyo to Bangkok flight, April 2014.  Courtesy of MoMI contributor JN.

Front and reverse sides of a Lufthansa air sickness bag, acquired during a Brussels to Frankfurt flight, 4 November 2016.

American Airlines air sickness/diaper disposal bag, acquired during a Washington (Reagan) to Toronto flight, 5 April 2018.

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