The management of American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ:AAL) and flight attendants held a meeting on Tuesday where the issue of uniforms featured prominently. Robert Isom, the president of American Airlines, revealed that there may be a solution at hand and this includes three options for uniforms. The options are a cotton uniform, a synthetic fabric uniform as well as the original wool uniform.
However, the executive added that the solution might not meet the expectations of everyone though the largest carrier in the world was trying everything it could to solve the problem.
Solution in the offing
In the meeting, the former flight service vice president at American Airlines, Hector Adler, also raised hopes that a solution would be found in the near future though he didn’t offer details. Association of Professional Flight Attendants’ president, Bob Ross, also weighed in saying the body was working hard behind the scenes to come up with a solution and that the body would be making an announcement soon.
While pressing flight crew not to ignore any symptoms they experienced, Ross also urged them not to waiver on filing reports of injuries while on duty. The board of directors of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants will hold a meeting on March 6.
Allergy to wool
The uniform crisis at American Airlines began soon after new flight crew uniforms were unveiled back in September 2016. Flight crew soon began complaining that the uniforms that had been supplied by a division of Men’s Wearhouse, Twin Hill, were causing all kinds of symptoms. Some of the complaints included headaches, hives, rashes, and itching.
“…we have received over 1,600 flight attendant reports of suspected uniform reactions that include headaches, rashes, hives, burning skin and eye irritation, itching, and respiratory problems — to name a few,” read a memo from the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
While the meeting between flight crew and executives of the NASDAQ stock was going on, there was picketing by flight attendants going on at various airports in cities such as Miami, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Los Angeles.
In Tuesday’s trading session, shares of American Airlines Group Inc fell by 0.13 percent. The NASDAQ stock closed at $46.91.