Cabin crew and air stewards from leading airlines around the world are allegedly selling used and sometimes unwashed uniforms on eBay “to make ends meet”.
It has been widely reported that low wages for air stewards and cabin crew has forced airline staff to resort to selling their clothes online.
Bristol Post reported earlier this week after speaking to a Norwegian Airlines cabin crew member that “appallingly low” salaries had forced staff to resort to selling their clothes to people with “perverse interests”.
Online searches for used cabin crew uniforms on eBay yield hundreds of results, with prices for “well-worn” and “unwashed” clothing ranging from tens to the hundreds of dollars.
Items like “unwashed” tights and “well-worn” shoes can reportedly fetch up to £500 (more than $900) on eBay, with cabin crew hosiery and footwear often appearing alongside graphic descriptions.
One eBay seller described their item as “Very well worn tights , [sic] naturally fragrant gusset Tights [sic] nude worn without panties for that natural pheromone aroma.”
The Norwegian Airlines cabin crew member, a man who wished to remain anonymous, also said: “There are people who collect from a fashion perspective, but you get some quite bizarre people who are doing it for I dread to think what reason.”
“I would say they make up about 45 per cent of the buyers,” the cabin crew member said. He further alleged that at least two people working on every flight were selling their clothes online.
“I have just flown from Buenos Aires with a girl who had an email from a guy who offered £500 for her tights if she wore them non-stop for a week,” the cabin crew member said. “She said it was bizarre but she was contemplating whether to accept.”
He also added that most of the “strange” buyers are men, but some are women.