A flight attendant with over 20 years flying experience is slamming her employer, telling American Airlines in a recent blog post, “I dread going to work. I don’t know how much longer I can go to work.”
The reason for Heather Poole’s anger? Her uniform.
"Every time I go to work I feel terrible. I’ve been a flight attendant for 20 years and I’ve never felt like this before. This is not a coincidence; so many other flight attendants have suffered a variety of ailments since the uniforms were introduced in September ," Poole writes.
According to the flight attendant, who is also a best-selling author, around 10 per cent of American Airline staff have complained about health problems - including rashes, respiratory difficulties and thyroid issues - since the uniform update. But it's a claim the major airline is strongly denying, saying its uniforms were tested before rolling out with no issues being found.
In her latest blog post, Poole writes: “Over the last nine months, I was called ‘psycho’ and ‘crazy,’... Because the sexy stereotype won’t die, nobody cares when we have something serious to discuss.”
Heather's is not the first complaint to be made against the uniform's manufacturers.
Within months of introducing their new staff uniforms in 2015, Alaska Airlines crew began complaining about their health. The uniforms were made by the same manufacturer as the American Airlines uniforms and were recalled within months.
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But American Airlines is standing firm, telling the 3000 staff members who have complained of reactions to the uniforms that there is no correlation.
Now, Poole says, "When I go to work my chest gets tight. My heart races. I feel short of breath. I have to clear my throat constantly and I cough all the time."
She recalls, "After my last flight, I lost my voice. I didn’t have a sore throat. I went to the ER when I started to feel dizzy. I felt like I was breathing through a straw. I felt like I might pass out when I tried to speak."
She added, "That visit set me back $800."
Finally, Poole conceded, “Let the record state that I can’t prove that any of my health problems are in fact caused by my wearing the uniform. I dread going to work. I love my job, but my job is making me sick.”
Whether or not American Airlines plan to readdress the complaints is not yet known.
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