American Airlines' Uniforms Allegedly Causing Sickness To Airline Staff

By Emily Joy Custodio | Sep 29, 2017 07:48 AM EDT
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More than a hundred of American Airlines flight attendants has filed a suit against their uniform supplier Twin Hill for providing them with "dangerously defective" uniforms that have not only caused them external reactions but also respiratory distress. Upon their receipt of their new uniform from Twin Hill, cases of nausea, headaches, cognitive issues, and full-body rashes have been reported by the employees concerned. Even a rare case of extreme heavy metal poisoning was seen in one of the complainants.

In a report from Business Insider American Airlines made a contract or deal with uniform maker Twin Hill and its parent company Tailored Brands to be the exclusive supplier of their employee's uniform. But since Sept 2016, these employees have experienced a variety of illnesses upon the issuance of new uniforms made by Twin Hill. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants claims it has received notice of more than 3,500 cases of suspected health reactions.

And that's not all as the complainants and their lawyer's believes that the garments used by Twin Hill are positive with harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, cobalt, cadmium, captafol, chromium, copper, nickel, antimony, benzyl benzoate, hexyl cinnamic aldehyde, and benzaldehyde. In response to the growing distress of their employees, American Airlines have already stopped getting their uniforms from Twin Hill, however, new uniforms from other suppliers will only be available not later than 2020. CBS Los Angeles also reports that American Airlines has given their employees the option to use different or old uniforms, but for some, who still uses Twin Hill's uniforms, a mere contact to the garment has caused them to feel sick.

Psychological or not, uniforms are made for it to be comfortable as the worker as it can be a crucial factor to be able for them to accomplish a task or duty. Pilots were also interviewed and have feared that these uniform can affect how their work and thus becomes a threat to the safety of the passengers. However, Twin Hill has firmly defended their product and claims that there was no specific evidence that links the symptoms to their uniforms.

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