Attendants Say New AA Uniforms Causing Hives & Headaches
American Airlines launched new uniforms for its cabin crews 20SEP with great fanfare. Now the outfits are giving headaches to the world's largest carrier and hundreds of its employees. Real ones. And hives too.
The Chicago Business Journal, which 1st reported the story, stated that more than 400 flight attendants informed their union that they have broken out in hives and experienced headaches since wearing the new uniforms.
AA says only 15 flight attendants have made official complaints about the new uniforms, the 1st new designs in 25 years.
The new uniforms are the result of 3 years of work and research. AA says the new garments underwent extensive fabric testing, including determining whether they had any sensitizers or irritants in them before mass production began. “We benchmarked it against retail brands,” said AA V.P. Global Marketing Fernand Fernandez.
At this point, the airline says it believes the problem may be related to a wool allergy among some affected employees. The spokeswoman said these employees have been given the option of getting new uniforms made out of a polyester material. But one flight attendant source said the health symptoms also appear to be occurring when employees are wearing uniform pieces made of cotton.