American Airlines Adds New Option After Employees Report Allergic Reactions to New Uniforms

By Paul Riegler on 1 April 2017
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American planes at the gate in Miami

American planes at the gate in Miami

After numerous complaints that its new flight attendant uniforms were causing allergic reactions to the wearer, American Airlines said it would offer a new option to its employees from a different vendor.

“Shortly after the roll out of the new uniforms in the fall, APFA began to receive reports from Flight Attendants about suspected reactions to the uniforms,” the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents all cabin crew at American, said in a statement.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said it still considers the current uniforms “safe,” noting that the “vast majority” of employees have not had any issues resulting from their use, in a letter to its employees. “However, we recognize that some still have concerns about the current collection, so today’s news is about providing a fourth uniform option.”

The new alternative, to be provided by Aramark, is similar to the original collection from Twin Hill that was introduced on the line six months ago. It includes a polyester jacket that pairs with either pants or a skirt, a white cotton shirt, and an acrylic/cotton zippered sweater.

The union called the move a “positive development” but said it considers it to be an “interim solution.”

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