Fly the itchy skies

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I want to deal with a pilot who’s chafing:

A U.S. airline is getting hot under the collar and this time it’s not United. Around 100 American Airlines pilots have come forward with complaints of rashes, itching, and other symptoms, prompting an aviation union’s survey on pilots’ reactions to their uniforms, Bloomberg reports.

If this sounds familiar it’s because it has happened before: back in December, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) said that some 1,600 American Airlines staff had complained of adverse reactions to their new uniform and called for a total recall by the airline. That number has now surpassed 3,000, according to the APFA.

The airline, unsurprisingly, has a different take on the matter:

American Airlines Group, however, counts only about 800 complaints. It has undertaken testing on the uniform’s materials and given affected employees the option to wear their old uniforms or exchange new ones for a replacement made from different materials or issued by a different supplier. However, it has refused the union’s call for a total recall of the uniforms, which were distributed to about 70,000 employees in September 2016.

I wonder if ground personnel have to put up with these things.


  1. Holly H »

    21 April 2017 · 10:55 am

    Could it possibly be something as simple as the ‘sizing’ chemicals? Everybody knows, you’re supposed to wash clothes before first-wearing, right?

  2. CGHill »

    22 April 2017 · 12:04 pm

    If everyone knew that, they wouldn’t have to put it on the label, would they?

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