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El Al (blue/green)

Printing in two colours is a tricky business. You print the dark ink first, then the lighter ink, but making the image very slightly larger than necessary so it overlaps the darker colour underneath. That way you avoid leaving a narrow white gap if the paper isn't positioned quite right. This technique is called "trapping". (Remember: you read it hear first.)

The Israeli airline hasn't quite mastered this yet: the green and blue on this bag overlap by a full 1.5 millimetres, leaving a nasty brownish border around the green. Plus, the small, white letters are so light, they are almost illegible. "Not to be used for disposal of liquids and cigarette butts", they say in Hebrew, English, French and Russian. How are passengers supposed to know this if they can't read it? Oh, and what do you do if your barf is more liquid than solid?

This bag courtesy of Samuel Green of Dragonair fame. (1998)


El Al (blue/green, re-typeset)

Same as the bag above, except that the small type telling you not to dispose of liquids or cigarette butts are printed in a different typeface.

Bag kindly supplied by Kard-o-Pak. (2001)  


El Al (subscripted Я)

Crinkle-cut opening, and retypeset - but the Я (ya) character has slipped below the line in the Russian instructions.

Thanks to Ted Griffiths. (2006)


El Al (blue/white)

Older (?) bag from the Israeli carrier. One of the few bags to  feature printing on the diagonal.

Thanks to Pierre Fabre. (2000)


El Al (orange)

Upside-down, the text looks like X47VAT473.

Thanks to Ken Pugh. (2001)



El Al (puce)

An older Israeli bag with the airline name in the gusset.

Thanks to Homer Goetz (2004)

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