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Flight Attendant Claims Her 'Sexy' New Uniform Makes Her Sick-- Literally

American Airlines had issued new uniforms to pilots and crew members back in September. One young flight attendant has been blogging about how the uniform has been making her ill. It's not because she doesn't like the look of it-- but because she says the fabric is literally poisoning her. Even though she gets sick every time she wears it, the company won't make any exceptions.

Heather Poole is a 20-year-old American Airlines flight attendant, but she wonders how much longer she'll be able to hold down her job. According to Poole, the uniform her company issued her is making her sick.

One and a half million employees were issued the slate-gray uniforms, the first new uniform the company has issued in more than 30 years. Whenever she wears it, she suffers from adverse side effects. The young woman took to blogging about her frustrating experience.

"I get sick every time I go to work.... Every time I go to work I feel terrible," she wrote. "Since the uniform debuted on September 20, I've seen more doctors than I've ever seen in my life and I've learned things about toxic chemicals I never knew before."

The crash lesson has been an eye-opener for the young woman, who is furious that her employer is putting appearance above safety. She suffers from hypothyroidism, and says that the uniform has exacerbated her condition, and given her a whole new host of health problems.

"Before the new uniform I didn't know what 'sensitizers' were or what 'synergy' meant, and I sure as heck would have never dreamed I'd develop 'MCS' (multiple chemical sensitivity). Now I'm practically an expert on the subject," she wrote.

Poole isn't the only one suffering from symptoms since the uniform change took effect. Other flight attendants for AA have complained of rashes, blistering skin, swollen eyes, wheezing, headaches and vertigo. 3,000 members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants have filed complaints.

Customer service agents, who wear the same uniform, have also complained.

Those who are complaining were told they could use their old uniforms, or they could replace pieces that were bothering them at their own expense. "They have to be fit for duty," said Dennis Tajer, an Allied Pilots Association spokesman. "If the uniform is making them not fit for duty, then something has to change."

The company doesn't believe the uniforms are making anyone sick; they say tests done on the fabric confirmed that they're safe. Poole has even been harassed for speaking out about the mysterious symptoms.

"Over the last nine months, I was called 'psycho' and 'crazy,'" she wrote. "Because the sexy stereotype won't die, nobody cares when we have something serious to discuss.
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."

Source: MailOnline
Photos: heatherpoole.com, Twitter via MailOnline

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