Author: Regina F. Graham | Published: July 5, 2017
An American Airlines flight attendant claims that her ‘sexy’ uniform is causing her to have serious health problems.
Heather Poole, a 20-year crew member for the popular airliner, has been blogging in recent months about the adverse effects she claims she has experienced while sporting the company-issued suiting.
‘I get sick every time I go to work,’ she wrote. ‘Every time I go to work I feel terrible.
‘Since the uniform debuted on September 20, I’ve seen more doctors than I’ve ever seen in my life and I’ve learned things about toxic chemicals I never knew before.
‘Before the new uniform I didn’t know what ‘sensitizers’ were or what ‘synergy’ meant, and I sure as heck would have never dreamed I’d develop ‘MCS’ (multiple chemical sensitivity). Now I’m practically an expert on the subject.’
Poole suffers from hypothyroidism and says the uniform has also negatively affected her condition.
However, flight attendants began complaining about rashes with those uniforms too.
In addition to flight attendants having issues with the clothing, American Airlines pilots have also complained about health issues they believe are being caused by the chemicals in the uniforms.
More than 3,000 members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants have also filed complaints about the new uniforms.
About 100 pilots said the new uniforms were giving them rashes, swollen eyes, and making them feel generally ill, reported Bloomberg News.
‘They have to be fit for duty,’ Dennis Tajer, an Allied Pilots Association spokesman, said. ‘If the uniform is making them not fit for duty, then something has to change.’
Tajer said a couple of pilots became so sick they couldn’t fly, and others only had symptoms when the uniforms were on.