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Delta’s New Uniforms Are Giving Employees Rashes

Delta’s New Uniforms Are Giving Employees Rashes
Jennifer Billock

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.

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  1. rylan

    June 11, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Did anyone getting a rash actually wash their uniform before wearing it?

    If you get any new clothing, it should be washed to get any residue from the dying and manufacturing process out before wearing it.

  2. PapaJack

    June 12, 2018 at 4:16 am

    I saw the new uniforms last week en route from BOS-AMS. These are nasty looking. The Delta red uniform was to me one of the best out there, and the navy colors always was a well dressed FA. Please go back to our old colors. Purple is a sign of repentance and Delta has nothing to be sorry for. They are one of the better ones out there.

  3. SamirD

    June 12, 2018 at 5:57 am

    And this applies to more than just uniforms–garment manufacturers even say on them usually ‘wash before wear’.

  4. jtjohnson555

    June 12, 2018 at 9:41 am

    So now we have three airlines — AA, Alaska and Delta – plus UPS with reported reactions to new uniforms. If a coincidence, surely a strange one. Remember, folks, the tobacco companies, the uranium mining companies, the asbestos installers and the coal mining companies rejected any allegations of harm and did so for decades.

  5. donna538

    June 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    My DH works for a regional and over a year ago he got some new shirts and slacks. We washed them. He got rashes from them. And still get the rash. He only gets the rash on working days and it goes away on his days off.


    June 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Same company as who did AA’s uniforms??

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