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No. 10: New uniforms at American Airlines, Southwest Airlines

American Airlines debuted new employee uniforms in September. Flight attendants have reported allergic reactions to the new clothes.
American Airlines debuted new employee uniforms in September. Flight attendants have reported allergic reactions to the new clothes.

This was the year that airline employees got a new look.

In June, Southwest Airlines unveiled employee-designed uniforms for its flight attendants, ground workers and gate agents that did away with the beige shorts. Instead, gray shorts, pants or skirts will be paired with blue and red shirts.

All employees will be wearing the new uniforms by June 2017, the Dallas-based carrier said.

At American Airlines, pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and gate agents began wearing new uniforms in September.

While many of the reviews of the new, modern-styled uniforms, which include gray suits, red and blue scarves, were positive, several flight attendants reported allergic reactions to the clothes.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants said it has received reports of headaches, hives and rashes from over 1,600 flight attendants. The union said it wants a complete recall of the uniforms while the company said it will work with individuals who have had issues.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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