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A paper bag provided in an aircraft or ship as a receptacle for vomit.
- ‘Once you've checked in at reception, where they might feasibly offer you a sick bag, a litre of water and some Alka-Seltzer along with your room key, you could sleep off 14 pints without having to stumble onto a night bus first.’
- ‘One of the hostesses asked if I needed a sick bag.’
- ‘Out of 74 aircraft, 65 have seat-back pockets, all of which have a sick bag placed in them for every flight.’
- ‘A united Airlines jumbo was forced to return to Sydney, closing airspace across the eastern seaboard yesterday, after a bomb threat scrawled on a sick bag was found in one of the jet's toilets.’
- ‘It's the largest ferry in the world so you can leave your sea legs and sick bags at home, relax and enjoy the ten-hour crossing to Rotterdam.’
- ‘This was my first indication that ferry services had improved since my student summers working on the Newcastle-Bergen line, when it was every man for himself and you were lucky to get a sick bag.’
- ‘I knew something was wrong as soon as we landed, and it wasn't just that P had filled all the sick bags on our row.’
- ‘But these airports are too grassy and home-made to leave the sick bag empty; while the roads have too many holes in them to be negotiated with a standard set of road skills.’
- ‘Pass the sick bag on your way out, would you dearie?’
- ‘The journey home was spent clutching a three-ply sick bag.’
- ‘Every time the boat lurched on a wave through those wicked waters where the North Sea meets the Atlantic and decides it doesn't like what its found, somebody would reach for a sick bag.’
- ‘Minerva's tendency to be sick in small aircraft makes her an expert in a variety of strategies designed to help avoid the sick bag.’
- ‘The pilots rev up the engine and show us where the sick bags are.’
- ‘Damien could also attach little sick bags to the side of the box in case the viewing public needed them.’
- ‘Joel said, sitting at the table, holding an air sick bag in his hand.’
- ‘Help was on hand though in the form of the ‘orange angels’, the security guards, who as always were ready with the sick bags.’
- ‘I'm cha cha chaing around the corridors and we're-all-going-on-a-summer-holiday-ing around my office as I put together supplies of sick bags, beach toys and bottles of water.’
- ‘And now, unwell passengers have been forced to dash to the toilet as the airline could not supply sick bags.’
- ‘Great idea or would listening to your seat mate yakking away cause you to reach for the complimentary air sick bag or something?’
- ‘I forgot to ask what the Concorde sick bags were like.’
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