An enterprising New Zealand pilot may be out of a job right now,
but he's not at a loss for ideas on how to raise some needed
To that end, the unidentified pilot for recently-defunct Origin
Pacific has put his uniform on a local auction site called Trade
Me. He's advertising the uniform -- which comes with matching shirt
and tie -- as "a rare piece of Kiwi aviation history," and says
he's selling the uniform to "make ends meet this week."
So far, the bidding is up to $150 for the uniform... which was
"lovingly drycleaned for one last time before its unfortunate
retirement"... and the bidding doesn't end until Sunday.
If you want the uniform, prepare to ante up some cash... and
perhaps be prepared for a call from the airline, which went
belly-up last Thursday... but still maintains the uniform is
Then again, as Origin Pacific passenger services general manager
David Collier said to the Nelson Mail... even though the pilot
probably shouldn't be selling it... considering everything else the
airline is going through right now, getting the uniform back is
likely not a top priority.
But we feel there also something else to consider -- given the
fact that security is at the forefront of everyone's thoughts right
now... just how wise is it to be selling an authentic pilot's
uniform to the highest bidder?