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The new British Airways Club World washbag is here

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British Airways launched a new Club World washbag in late November, although I haven’t yet seen one in the flesh. 

I have managed to find a picture courtesy of reader Carlo however:

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As you can see, the old zip bag has been replaced with a shoebag-like thing!  Albeit that it is too small to actually contain your shoes, so you won’t actually be able to recycle it that way ….

BA has gone back to the separate male and female washbags of a few years ago.  The male version now contains a (cheap) plastic razor, a very small tube of toothpaste, a pen and some Elemis toiletries.  I’m not sure, apart from the razor, what is different in the female version.

I was told that the male / female split is based on BA’s overall average and NOT the number of men and women actually booked on each flight, with ZERO spares available if the flight is full!

Interestingly – and something which has caused some annoyance – the eye shades and ear plugs have been removed.  These are, however, still available on request.  I find it hard to believe that more men want to have a shave onboard rather than want a pair of eye shades, but there you are.

The addition of the pen is useful, as they are often needed for immigration and customs forms.  Even if you brought one with you, it is usually in your jacket pocket which is now in a wardrobe somewhere onboard.

To be honest, I have got rather ambivalent over washbags in recent years.  Many airlines either bring around a tray of items from which you can select what you want, or have a large number of items available in the toilets for you to take.  I am more than happy to take useful items (and I always use the Elemis toiletries at some point) but I still find myself throwing away a lot of the contents each time I receive one.  I have never used earplugs in my life, for instance!

Next job BA …. Can you get started on fixing the crazy sizing of the First Class pyjamas …?!


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Comments (27)

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  • Thywillbedone says:

    +1 for antiseptic hand gel

    One wonders what is the annual saving to BA of not including ear plugs…such a low value item!

  • Lee says:

    The eyeshades and ear plug thing really irked me when we flew over Christmas, as others have said it’s the kind of thing you associate having to bring to Economy not CW.

    I raised it with BA customer service who told me that travelers had voted not to have them (I assume instead votingfor the disposable razor for the gents)…. does make me wonder which subset of customers they targeted? Those obsessively clean shaven ones I assume…

  • Mcog says:

    BA still a long way behind Cathay Pacific and Virgin Australia on the amenity kit front. VS did have great shoe bags and amenity kits that could be reused as iPad carriers, unsure if they are still around?

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