AA Execs Wearing Controversial Uniforms To Make Point

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As a 4th round of uniform testing is expected to begin soon at AA, several top executives have begun to wear the controversial outfits in an attempt to help prove they are not toxic.

An AA spokeswoman confirmed to the Chicago Business Journal that some of the carrier's top management are already wearing — or are about to wear — the uniforms that many crew members say are causing physical reactions.

The new uniforms have become a focus of growing concern since they were rolled out 20SEP. Some 2,000 members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants have reported symptomatic reactions to the new uniforms, including itching, rashes, hives, swollen faces and severe respiratory problems.

APFA has requested a total recall of the uniforms, while AA management has insisted the uniforms are safe to wear and here to stay.

Those expected to slip into the new uniforms include AA Vice President of Flight Service Hector Adler, who has direct responsibility for the 25,500 flight attendants who work at AA. Late Monday, the AA spokeswoman said Adler was still awaiting the arrival of his new duds.

Adler and AA CEO Doug Parker met with flight attendants last week. They tried to allay concerns by signaling that American would continue to investigate the matter until it is clear what is causing the reactions and what needs to be done to fully resolve it.

In comments to FAs last week, Parker said the company has spent $1.2 million on uniform testing since the problems began surfacing in late September. He also indicated that he believes a 4th round of testing will further underscore his belief the uniforms are safe to wear.

But how safe is it for executives to wear the uniforms? They could potentially face hazards including requests for more drinks, vegetarian meals and answers as to why the IFE isn’t working.

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