Melbourne, Mar 4 (ANI): The uniforms of Japan Airlines flight attendants are being sold to the local sex industry after they became highly sought after by fetishists, it has emerged.
While several shops have created credible imitations, uniforms worn by air stewardesses have become worth their weight in gold for customers keen on role-playing fantasies, reports News.com.au.
Since announcing bankruptcy in January, cabin crew face mass layoffs and an increased temptation to sell their outfits for a profit.
The airline expects a flood of uniforms to go on to the black market.
According to UK's The Times, Yu Teramoto, the owner of a specialist costumier in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, said real Japan Airlines (JAL) outfits have been virtually impossible for buyers to lay their hands on.
The airline has gone to great lengths to ensure uniforms stay off the black market, including inserting a serial number into each item of clothing, and keeping meticulous records of the exact whereabouts of garments all around the world.
This airline may also follow All Nippon Airways, who were forced to sew computer chips into its stewardess uniforms after suffering a similar problem.
This is not the first time JAL uniforms have been in the headlines.
The airline was forced to pay 2500 dollars after uniforms worn by staff in the business-class lounge were stolen and then appeared on an Internet auction site.
Teramoto said one uniform from that famous haul sold for 18,000 dollars. (ANI)