The Museum of Airline Puke Sacks

A thousand swollen feet suddenly uncrammed from sweaty leather sheaths, combined with lack of air flow and food that looks like it was slopped from the same steam tray into which the airline toilets empty: vomiting in an airplane is unpleasant, if perhaps unavoidable. With cramped aisles, sleeping neighbors and little leg-room, you usually don’t have time to make it to one of the small tin-closet lavatories, leaving your only recourse ballooning your cheeks, then swallowing… or the dreaded barf bag.

There’s no way to look cool honking a lung into a paper bag, then holding onto it for the rest of the voyage, but if you want to make sure that you at least wear an outfit that compliments your new, reeking purse, has a collection of hundreds of vomit bags up for your perusal. Personally, I don’t usually bother with vomit bags — that’s what the obnoxious child incessantly kicking the back of my seat is for. (via Upgrade: Travel Better)


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  1. Paul D says:

    I’m 30, and I’ve been flying regularly since I was 2 weeks old. I’ve
    flown across the Atlantic and the Pacific several times (we’re talking
    double digits here!). I’ve flown in every kind of commercial jet, under
    all kinds of flight conditions. I’ve flown on lost of national
    airlines, including now-defunct ones such as Air Belgium and Aeroflot.

    I have never used a puke bag, nor have I ever seen one
    used. I’m starting to think they are like Bigfoot or the liberal media.
    A lot of people claim to have seen it in action, but most of us haven’t.

    Do people actually find the need to vomit uncontrollably in an airplane?


  2. Paul D says:

    oops, “lost” = “lots”

  3. Morton Fox says:

    I used to save those air-sickness bags. Never used them though. I’ve gotten sick in a car more times than in a plane.

  4. Yozzie says:

    I don’t know if it’s the same all over the world, but I’ve flown on a few planes where you could use the sick sack for either puking, or else put your rolls of film in it and send it off by mail to be developed. I wonder if the photo processors ever got any sealed-up bags of puke?