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Flight attendants with American Airlines say their new uniforms are making them sick


The union that represents the flight attendants of American Airlines asked the airline on Friday to recall new uniforms issued to attendants because the garments are causing health problems, reports CNN Money

Members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants claim that the uniforms have cause headaches, rashes, and respiratory problems. More than 1600 complaints have been made by cabin crew members. 

The airline has offered uniforms made of alternative materials, but the union says that's not good enough. 

"We feel a remedy that excludes a full recall of the uniform fails to adequately protect our members," the union said via a statement.

The union feels that the method of production, not the material, is the cause of the health issues. 

The new uniforms were given to some 70,000 employees in September as a part of an overhaul. 

So far, 600 staff members are wearing the non-wool versions of the old uniforms. 

The uniform vendor, Twin Hill, received similar complaints from another airline for which it manufactured uniforms. Employees of Alaska Airlines reported health issues relating to their new uniforms in 2011. 

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