Aeroplane sick bags turned into art
For those passengers with sensitive stomachs, few things are more reassuring on an aeroplane than a classic sickbag stuck into the pouch attached to the seat in front of you.
While most are coloured a dreary monotone – although some are known to feature a very helpful instruction on how to use the bag – one Australian airline has started a competition designed to get their passengers’ creative juices flowing (in a positive way) while they’re up in the air.
Qantas is encouraging people to take their sick bags and create a piece of artwork on them during their flights, before posting them to social media websites upon landing with the hashtag #quantasblankcanvas.
Entries that have been doodled onto napkins, boarding passes and luggage tags are also permitted, and the best will be uploaded onto Quantas’ Instagram account for all to see.
And if the admiration of thousands of strangers isn’t enough, winners will also receive a double Qantas Club pass – good for entry into Qantas airport lounges, as well as priority check-in and extra baggage allowance.
Aussie artist and traveller Gemma O’Brien inspired the competition with an impressive piece of artwork created on a sick bag during a flight from Sydney to Wellington. She went on to produce a series of custom-designed bags for the airline.
“From boarding passes to in-flight bags, napkins to luggage tags, we have a number of perfect blank canvases for passengers to create their own in-flight art,” commented Jo Boundy, Qantas’s head of digital and entertainment.
“This campaign encourages our customers to get creative at 30,000 feet and will showcase their inspiring works through social media to a global audience.”
There’s certainly nothing stopping you getting in on this interesting quirk of airline travel. But no matter who you’re flying with and which destination you’ll arrive at, you’ll want to be fully prepared with adequate travel insurance.