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American Airlines’ New Uniforms Are Putting Flight Attendants’ Health at Risk


Employees have asked for a recall of the uniforms manufactured by Twin Hill

Complaints surfaced only a few weeks after the uniforms were issued.

In September, American Airlines issued new wool uniforms for its employees for the first time in almost three decades. Since then, more than 2,000 flight attendants have reported a series of ailments including “endocrine issues, eye swelling, rashes, skin blistering, throat and eye irritation, wheezing, coughing, headaches, vertigo and fatigue,” according to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

On Dec. 21, the APFA filed an official complaint for a critical health and safety breach on the new uniforms. It demanded that the airline cease using the uniforms and allow its flight attendants to choose between the old and new uniforms. The complaint also demanded the airline to reissue sick or personal leave and reimburse the flight attendants for all health care requests in relation to the side effects of the uniforms.

The airline has reportedly run a series of chemical tests on the uniforms and has not found harmful levels of chemicals in them, according to Los Angeles Times.

In an effort to show that the uniforms are safe to wear, around half a dozen American Airlines executives and middle managers — including vice president for flight services Hector Adler — have started wearing them to work.

This isn’t the first time Twin Hill manufactured uniforms with adverse side effects. In 2011, Alaska Airlines flight attendants experienced similar reactions to those reported by American Airlines flight attendants, CNN reported.

In 2012, Alaska Airlines flight attendants filed a class-action lawsuit against the company’s alleged use of chemical Disperse Orange 37/76, but the court rejected their claim. Alaska Airlines recalled the uniforms two years later.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


American Airlines employees are mysteriously getting sick and the company can't figure out why

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American's 25,000 flight attendants, more than 2,300 of its members have reported experiencing health issues that they believe are linked to the uniforms.

However, an American Airlines spokesperson told Business Insider that only 450 employees have reported experiencing issues with their uniforms and that the airline could not verify the union's figures.

In total, 70,000 employees, including gate agents and ground staff, have received the uniforms. It's unclear how many of the non-flight attendants have experienced uniform-related health issues.

The new uniforms are made of a wool blend while skirts and blouses are cotton. They are manufactured by Twin Hill, a subsidiary of Tailored Brands which also own Jos. A. Bank and Men's Warehouse.

Over the past few months, American Airlines has spent upwards of $1 million on three rounds of toxicological testing on its entire range of uniforms. However, the airline has not been able to successfully determine the cause of these health problems. A fourth round of testing is in the works.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing a reaction to the uniforms to report it," the spokesperson added.

As an alternative, American Airlines will allow flight attendants who have experienced issues to wear their old uniforms or buy over-the-counter substitutes that don't cause a reaction. Unfortunately, these alternatives are temporary in nature.

The union is also working on its own toxicological testing protocol for the uniforms.

At this point, neither the airline nor the union have a permanent solution for these mysterious health issues.


Watch the video: American Airlines Flight Attendants Say Uniforms Are Making Them Sick (January 2022).