USAir (1983)

Looks like USAir has the same bag designer as United. There are instructions in English, French and Spanish. The English ones are explicit. French and Spanish speakers are left to guess how to close the bag, and don't have to call a cabin attendant. Maybe because USAir's cabin crew don't speak French or Spanish, so couldn't understand even if they were called?

Thanks to Steve Silverberg. (2001)


USAir (Kard-o-Pak)

Like the bag above, but with a flap on the base telling readers that it was made by Kard-o-Pak.

Thanks to Christian Annyas. (2002)


USAir (seat)

The message on this bag is clear: Close the bag using your index fingers, and place it on your seat. Then go and find somewhere else to sit.

But where does it come from? Steve Silberberg says its from USAir, circa 1992.

And who am I to distrust such an eminent baggist?

Thanks to Niek Vermeulen (2005)


US Air Force

This is pretty much the same bag as George Bush uses in Air Force One, and the same as trainee astronauts on the Vomit Comet used to use.

The difference is that the red wire tie used to close this bag comes separate. Puking pilots have to wedge their full bag between their knees and joystick while they fish around in the envelope for the tie, all while trying to dodge enemy flak and outmanoeuvre the MiG on their tail.

Small wonder why the Pentagon has had to develop smart weapons that can hit a target by themselves.

Thanks to Janusz Tichoniuk. (2006)




US Airways (Vegas)

In 2006, US Airways trumpeted their innovative approach to cutting airfares: subjecting captive passengers to onboard advertising, including on barfbags.

Nothing new, I'm afraid: bags have carried advertising for years. Alitalia, for example, has plugged Xamamina anti-airsickness chewing gum for decades. But what is new is US Airways blatancy in its advertising: you can even order your place on a bag online.

Interesting to note that this first example is from a US Airways subsidiary. Are mainstream advertisers reluctant to take the plunge into onbag advertising?

Thanks to an anonymous Canadian donor (2007)



A unique offer: "If you do not feel comfortable or worry about claustrophobia, call your hostess." A extra scotch on the rocks? A bigger seat in first class? Or perhaps a massage? No such luck. Read on: "She can certainly help you with medicine from the first aid kit." 

Pierre Fabre, who sent me this bag, points out that UTA presumably had only female cabin crew (or maybe only the women were allowed access to the first aid kit?).

The base of this bag has the maker's name: Morquin Muguet & Cie.

Thanks, Pierre, (2001)

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