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Could My Flight Attendant Uniform Be Associated With My Wellbeing?

Alaska Airline flight attendants reported health complaints related to new uniforms rolled out in 2011 (1). By 2014, approximately 800 flight attendants had complained about how the new uniforms were negatively impacting their health, which led to Alaska Airlines recalling the uniforms, though without acknowledging harm. The research recently published by Dr. McNeely and colleagues suggests these health symptoms could be associated with the uniforms, based on data from before, during, and after use of the uniforms among Alaska Airlines flight attendants.

Estimating the health consequences of flight attendant work: comparing flight attendant health to the general population in a cross-sectional study

Link to the publication Background Flight attendants are an understudied occupational group, despite undergoing a wide and unique range of adverse job-related exposures. In our study, we aimed to characterize the health profile of cabin crew relative to the U.S. general population. Methods In 2014–2015, we surveyed participants of the Harvard Flight Attendant Health Study. […]

Symptoms related to new flight attendant uniforms

We found the following symptom prevalence (per 100) increased after the introduction of new uniforms: multiple chemical sensitivity (10 vs 5), itchy/irritated skin (25 vs 13), rash/hives (23 vs 13), itchy eyes (24 vs 14), blurred vision (14 vs 6), sinus congestion (28 vs 24), ear pain (15 vs 12), sore throat (9 vs 5), cough (17 vs 7), hoarseness/loss of voice (12 vs 3), and shortness of breath (8 vs 3). The odds of several symptoms significantly increased compared to baseline after adjusting for potential confounders.

Chicago O’Hare Recruitment 2/17-2/19! Come visit us.

Dear Flight Attendants, Our researchers will be at Chicago O’Hare this Saturday to Monday to get word out about our survey and sensor study! Visit us at Chicago O’Hare Saturday 2/17 through Monday 2/19 We will be splitting our time between Terminals 1 and 3 We are looking forward to seeing and talking to Flight […]

Flight Attendant Health Is Important To Us

 We understand relatively little about flight attendant health compared to other professions. Yet—flight attendants experience significant exposures on the job: long work hours, frequent time zone changes, air pressure  changes, awkward positions and lifting in tight spaces, turbulence, disrupted sleep rhythms, cosmic radiation, exposure to infectious disease, and psychological demands due to customer demands and need to […]

Tools for Empowerment

We offer these videos in the hope they may be useful to those recovering from stressful or traumatic situations including recent hurricanes. For an immediate way of letting go of stress and regaining strength and confidence, “Centering Down”. For a brief introduction to the theory of stress and trauma, watch Handling Stress and Trauma:   We wish […]