In an effort to downplay concerns that American Airlines’ new flight attendant uniforms were not safe to wear, a number of executives at the company started wearing the new uniforms. Launched in September, the airlines has reportedly been slapped with over 2,000 complaints that the wool material has caused coughing and headaches, among other ailments.
Here are more details from Quartz:
“The issue has escalated since the new look hit runways a few months ago. The airline set up a hotline to field complaints, but said three rounds of tests—two conducted before the uniforms were distributed to employees—did not find anything harmful in them.
American Airlines has ordered some non-wool versions of the uniform, but it is taking another step to prove to its employees the uniforms are safe. About a half-dozen executive- and management-level employees are currently wearing the uniforms, a American Airlines spokeswoman told Quartz.”
In a letter by the flight attendant’s union, the American Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union asks the airline to pay for health care costs that accumulated following the adverse health effects the uniforms reportedly caused.
The union even has a link on its website for flight attendants to file a complain and upload pictures:
The company that made the uniforms is Twin Hill, which reports suggest also made uniforms for Alaska Airlines employees, who also had concerns about the clothing.