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Airline Uniforms Secretly Sold to Sex Clubs
Japan Airlines is Trying to Stop Black Market Sales of Its Outfits
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
March 4, 2010

Air travel might not be so sexy these days, but in Japan plenty of people are willing to pay top dollar for an experience with a club entertainer clad in an authentic Japan Airlines flight attendant uniform.

People have been known to pay thousands of dollars for the outfits of JAL and rival airline All Nippon Airways, or ANA.

Joan Sinclair, a photographer who put together a book called “Pink Box: Inside Japan’s Sex Clubs” said there is a big market for such uniforms, which women in the country’s sex clubs have been known to wear.

“There’s a club I documented in Osaka called Air Touch,” Sinclair said. “They have a choice of first class or business class. They had women dressed like flight attendants. They served drinks, they served airplane snacks. They had the seat belts. They even had announcements over the loudspeaker. They gave out sexual services as well.”

In the golden age of aviation, flight attendants — then called stewardesses — were known for their high heels, slim bodies, short skirts and seductive smiles.

American airlines have moved away from that image in favor of more comfortable outfits, with the expectation of the short-lived Hooters Air, which flew from 2003 to 2006.

Most Asian airlines still try to convey a bit of that sex appeal. Singapore Airlines is known for its Singapore Girls, used heavily in its marketing. Japanese passengers have a particular fondness for the uniforms of their country’s two airlines. Most airlines around the world offer passengers collectible models of their airplanes. ANA goes one step beyond, also making available a series of statues — think bobble heads — of flight attendants in uniform.

JAL spokeswoman Carol Anderson said that in June 2005, somebody tried to sell a JAL uniform on the Internet. JAL bid more than $2,000 to keep the uniform out of the public’s hands, according to the Kyodo News. Anderson refused to comment on the bidding but said “the company was able to successfully recover the stolen property, and with the assistance of authorities, the seller was properly charged.”

Sexy Flight Attendants

Many men around the world fantasize about flight attendants.
The JAL uniforms are reportedly coveted by role-playing clubs in the Japanese sex industry.

Web site, AskMen.com, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., even offers readers a list of the top 10 airlines for “hot stewardess” and a separate story called “How to Score a Stewardess.”

Robert Dunlap, a filmmaker who makes documentaries about kinky sex and produced the fetish film “Beyond Vanilla,” said people fetishize various uniforms, from police to cheerleaders to priests and nuns. Some people, he said, are turned on by the flight attendant uniform.

“It displays either an authority or somebody’s sexual fantasy,” he said. It could be “the fantasy about the mile-high club or just the power of somebody taking you up and off.”

Some sex clubs go so far as to have confessional booths, boxing rings and mock prison cells, according to Dunlap. He said with flight attendants, the fantasy goes one step further because they’re serving you.

“There used to be this fantasy of being able to pick them up in some foreign land, Dunlap said. “Who really wouldn’t be turned on by some gorgeous French stewardess while you are on your way to Paris?”

Outside of the fetish factor, JAL worries that in the wrong hands, missing airline uniforms could pose a security risk.

Japan Airlines Uniform Security

JAL and other airlines take missing uniforms seriously. Every JAL uniform is reported to have a serial number sewn into it. The airline also has a staff dedicated to tracking the location of each article of clothing.

“Japan Airlines worldwide policy for the distribution, usage and collection of its uniforms is extremely strict, and each company-owned article is logged and accounted for,” Anderson said. “Old or worn uniforms are also returned to the company and properly destroyed.”

The airline would not say whether it had plans to insert computer chips into its uniforms to electronically track them, as ANA does.

“Japan Airlines clearly isn’t skirting this issue,” said Jeff Pecor, of travel site Yapta.com. “Let’s just hope it doesn’t wear them out. After all, they have an airline to keep buttoned up.”

Fetish expert: ‘Carradine was not alone’
Wednesday, June 10 2009, 12:14pm EDT
By Mayer Nissim, Entertainment Reporter
Fetish expert: ‘Carradine was not alone’

The director of a documentary on fetishistic sex has suggested that David Carradine could not have been alone when he passed away.

Robert Dunlap, who helmed 2002 film Beyond Vanilla: An Unforgettable Journey Into The Wilder Side Of Sex, told ABC News that it seemed unlikely that Carradine was by himself at the time of his death.

Dunlap said: “The thing that I am really questioning is, how was he bound, and how was he able to tie his own hands”?

Carradine Body Photos Show Fishnet, Wig
Late Actor’s Body Arrives in U.S. and Investigators Look at Potential Homocide
By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
June 10, 2009

Photos of the actor’s body – in fishnet and a wig – are circulating on the Internet.

Transvestite fetishes and thrill-seeking can be an integral part of auto-erotic asphyxia, the deadly sex play that Thai authorities said killed the 72-year-old former “Kung Fu” actor.

And while Thai authorities have ruled the actor’s June 4 death as a sex play accident — auto-erotic asphyxia gone wrong, some say the evidence just doesn’t add up.

“The thing that I am really questioning is, how was he bound, and how was he able to tie his own hands?” said Robert Dunlap, who has interviewed hundreds of people who practice deviant sex behaviors for his 2002 documentary film, “Beyond Vanilla: An Unforgettable Journey Into the Wilder Side of Sex.”

“This doesn’t look like a solo act at all,” he told ABCNews.com. ” There is something very peculiar about this.”

“You don’t dress just for yourself,” he said of the photos that revealed women’s clothing. “Usually there is some sort of show and someone else is involved. It probably went horribly bad and they left.”