Air Sickness Bag

A sickness bag (also known as a sick sack, airsick bag, airsickness bag, emesis bag, sick bag, barf bag, vomit bag, disposal bag, waste bag or motion sickness bag) is a small bag commonly provided to passengers on board airplanes and boats to collect and contain vomit in the event of motion sickness. Hovercraft-ferry operators and even train companies have also been known to furnish bags. Pregnant women with morning sickness and travelers who know they are prone to motion sickness will sometimes bring their own bags.

The plastic-lined airsickness bag was created by inventor Gilmore Schjeldahl for Northwest Orient Airlines in 1949.[1] Previously bags had been made from waxed paper or card. Modern bags are still mainly made from plastic-lined paper, but a significant proportion are now made completely from plastic.

One can tell a lot about an airline’s image from their Air Sickness Bags. Some barf bags are no more than a baggie with a twist tie, while other sickbags could win international design competitions. Are they art? I think so. You decide. To the left you will find an index of the Air Sickness Bags from my personal collection

Extra Packaging Corp. offers a variety of consumer and commercial vinyl and polyurethane products and services including motion sickness bags, emergency water, and heat sealers.

he thermoplastic bag comes to the nauseated traveler’s rescue. The 1949 patent for what became the air sickness bag. The 1949 patent for what became the airsickness bag. Google Patents. As airplane technology was rapidly evolving, so was the world of plastics.


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