Alaska Airlines Uniforms Sicken Flight Attendants


Chris Daniels
King 5 News
May 3, 2012

Hundreds of Alaska Airlines flight attendants say their uniform is making them ill.

The Association of Flight Attendants – which represents roughly 2,800 Alaska employees – says the company’s recent uniform makeover has prompted itching, hair loss, and other adverse health reactions.

In a letter to the company’s president last month, the union says 280 – or about 1 in 10 flight attendants – developed issues after Alaska made the switch in 2011. It believes a contaminant, possibly Tributyl phosphate, may be embedded in some uniforms and is causing the problem. The union is asking the airline to make a change.

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