English: Air sickness bag
French: Sac malaise
In the theme of passengers not feeling well on board, we can also talk about air sickness bags, or colloquially known as barf bags or vomit bags. Some passengers get air sick easily, especially during turbulence, or they may be feeling nauseous because of other reasons. Things might get messy, and it's an incident that all flight attendants come across once in a while. Besides the flight attendant stock of air sickness bags, usually air sickness bags have already been placed in each passenger’s seat pocket, but if there isn’t one there, a passenger may ask you for one.
Sac (m)=Bag, sack
Malaise (m)=Malaise, dizzy spell, feeling of faintness
Sac malaise=Air sickness bag
You’ll see that in English, we’ve also borrowed the word “malaise” from French, though it’s a bit of a dated word in English nowadays.
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-Less common food/drinks/special meals.
-Bag issues (bag won't fit/no more space).
-Announcements for mechanical problems, cancellations, airplane changes, diverting, etc.
-Delays because of fuel, catering, connection passengers, weather, etc.
-And much, much more!