Cabin crews at UK airport are selling their used tights on eBay for extra cash
Air stewardesses are topping up their monthly wages by selling their worn stockings and shoes online.
Cabin crew members’ clothing can fetch high prices on auction websites such as eBay, with staff selling their used tights for upwards of £15 a pair.
Even laddered hosiery are being sold on the auction site, with some ladies posting risqué snaps of themselves from the waist down to show off the items for sale.
A number of Manchester Airport staff said air hostesses were making the most of the demand for their cast-offs for a number of years saying that, for some, it’s become a regular source of extra income, reports the Manchester Evening News.
One airport worker said: “Loads of the girls are doing it. Some use eBay and some use other sites to sell them.
“It’s surprising how many people out there want to buy them. They don’t get paid particularly well so a lot of them think: ‘Why not?’.”
One cabin crew member told us: “Everyone does it. You can get like £50 for a used pair of shoes and tights sell as well.
“eBay take the listings down though so people sometimes put their name on and phone numbers instead.”
One current listing states: “Used uniform cabin crew flight attendant tights. Condition is used. Wore for many air miles.”
Another has a photo of a woman in a mini skirt wearing laddered tights, alongside a photo of a British Airways cabin crew badge as a means of proving her position.
Another former crew member from Manchester told us: “I’ve heard loads of crew mention it about tights and shoes.
“We used to have one crank who would inbox people through Facebook asking to buy their smelly old crew shoes, but they had to have a heel.”
Old shoes seem to be just as popular as the tights; the scruffier the better.
One live listing shows a pair of scuffed black leather shoes, described as ‘well travelled and showing some signs of wear and tear’ with a ripped insole for £74.99.
eBay has cracked down on the sale of such items in recent years, but sellers will try to find loopholes in order to keep selling their wares.
One listing has no photo and simply writes out the full email address – ‘naughty trolly dolly at outlook dot com’ – in the item description.
A spokesman for Manchester Airport said that as cabin crews are employed by airlines it would not be relevant for them to comment.
A spokesman for British Airways said: “We expect the highest standards of behaviour from all our colleagues.”
An eBay spokesman added: “For health and hygiene reasons, we don’t allow the sale of used underwear on site.
“Any listings that are inappropriate or do not comply with our rules will be removed.”