Delta just rolled out new uniforms in a vibrant Passport Purple, designed by Zac Posen – but there’s a bit of a problem. Employees are reporting rashes and skin irritation as a result of the new wardrobe; the airline, though, says it’s on top of the problem.
Last week, Delta Air Lines rolled out its new $20 million uniform line designed by Zac Posen. But some employees aren’t so excited, posting on social media that the outfits are causing rashes and skin irritation. But Delta is prepared.
“When we began working with employees to design new uniforms, we wanted to improve design, fit and function, while ensuring the health and safety of all Delta people,” the airline said in a statement. “That’s why we took three years to collect feedback and listen, including three months of testing live in the operation on 1,000 randomly selected employees. Since launch, we continue to actively source feedback and have already initiated conversations with any employee reporting an issue.”
The reports of skin reactions appeared just hours after the outfits were given to employees. According to Delta, the main concern is an apron that’s optional for employees to wear. But there are also alternatives available for crewmembers with sensitive skin – like an all-cotton shirt instead of the cotton-spandex blend, and non-wool clothing.
“Since our new uniforms launched for 64,000 Delta employees, we have received a few reports about potential chafing or skin irritation,” Delta said in a statement. “Just like the learnings we received from our thorough, three-year development process, which included three months of wear-testing on 1,000 frontline employees, we continue to listen and will resolve concerns on a case-by-case basis. We have already initiated conversations with each employee reporting an issue.”
According to the airline, only a few dozen employees complained and their issues have already been mostly solved.