Delta Air Lines to launch new uniforms after attendants complained attire made them ill

ATLANTA — Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is changing its uniforms for flight attendants and some customer service agents.

This comes after months of lawsuits from employees who complained about respiratory illnesses, rashes, boils, hives and more from their current Lands’ End uniforms.

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“At Delta, our people are the foundation for our success. In response to our employees, we’ve taken steps over the past few months to address feedback received about the uniform, including offering alternative garments, hiring fabric experts, and conducting comprehensive chemical testing,” said Ekrem Dimbiloglu, the director of the new uniform program. “This is a big decision, but we side with our people, and we are making a change.”

Following complaints, some employees were allowed to wear their black and white uniform instead of the standard uniform, with a doctor’s note.

While it works on the new uniform, Delta said the company is making updates to the existing ones.

Delta said it is targeting late 2021 for the new uniform launch.