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American Airlines’ flight attendants union called on the airline Friday to recall its brand-new uniforms claiming the garments are to blame for a string of health problems including headaches, rashes in addition to respiratory problems.

American in addition to the union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, have been jointly testing the uniforms to determine if the clothing is usually responsible for the reactions that will have triggered more than 1,0 health complaints by cabin crews. The airline has also offered uniforms made of alternative materials.

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The union, which represents 26,000 American flight attendants, said that will the airline’s offer doesn’t go far enough.

“We feel a remedy that will excludes a full recall of the uniform fails to adequately protect our members,” the union said in a statement.

The union said the flight attendants have been reporting headaches, rashes, hives, burning skin, eye irritation, itching, in addition to respiratory problems they said are related to the brand-new uniforms.

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An American Airlines (AAL) spokesman said the Dallas-based carrier has finished its third round of lab evaluations in addition to has offered its employees dermatological testing to help establish what might be causing the reactions.

“We know some people are having reactions in addition to we’re looking into why,” the spokesman said, nevertheless said the idea was not yet ready to issue a recall. “We have no doubt the uniforms are safe.”

brand-new uniforms were rolled out for 70,000 employees in September as part of an uniform overhaul for the airline, which merged with U.S. Airways in 2013.

The airline in addition to the flight attendant union appear to be at odds over the cause of then reactions. So far 0 staff have ordered non-wool versions in addition to 0 more are wearing the old uniforms. The union is usually concerned that will the manufacturing, not the type of fabric, is usually the source of the problem.

Vendor from the Spotlight

American’s uniform vendor, Twin Hill, has been at the center of airline staff complaints before. Alaska Airlines in 2011 selected Twin Hill for its brand-new flight attendant uniforms, nevertheless quickly received complaints similar to those of American staff.

Alaska recalled the Twin Hill uniforms for its flight attendants by 2014.

“Ultimately we were looking for certain sourcing standards to ensure the safety of the garments,” said an Alaska Airlines spokeswoman on Friday.

In 2012, 164 Alaska Airlines flight attendants, separately via their union, filed a class-action suit against Twin Hill claiming its uniforms caused allergic reactions as a result of a chemical called Disperse Orange 37/76. In October, Twin Hill won a court verdict that will rejected those claims.

Tailored Brands (TLRD), Twin Hill’s parent company, which also owns retailer Men’s Warehouse, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

sy88pgw (Seattle) First published December 2, 2016: 6:39 PM ET


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