While United Airlines has been garnering attention over the last week for all the wrong reasons, another major carrier is facing scrutiny after upwards of 200 pilots have claimed their uniforms cause rashes, itching, and general illness.
American Airlines has adhered to the same pilot’s uniform for the last 30 years, but made a wardrobe change in September, distributing 1.5 million garments to 70,000 employees. Though several months later, those uniforms are reportedly causing swelling and itchiness in the eyes and general feelings of illness. Now the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the union representing pilots from American, is surveying its aviators about their reactions to the new uniforms, and calling on the airline to recall the tainted garb.
APA spokesman Dennis Tajer tells Thrillist that the number of pilots complaining of symptoms has now crested 200, up from yesterday's reports. “A lot more pilots are starting reach out on their own,” complaining of “major issues,” he said. “The media attention has caused a doubling in pilot reports.”