Gray uniforms added to Delta roster after complaints of purple clothing
Delta first rolled out the purple uniforms for flight attendants and airport customer service employees as part of a Zac Posen uniform collection unveiled in 2018. In May 2019, some flight attendants had sued a lawsuit alleging that wearing their uniforms caused rashes, headaches, fatigue and other issues.
In January 2020, Delta said it would revamp its uniforms after complaints and lawsuits. At that time, thousands of employees wore their own black and white clothes instead of uniforms.
“It’s just too much. We need to be a unified force,” Delta uniform director Ekrem Dimbiloglu said at the time.
Not everyone is happy with the new strict application of the uniform requirement.
The Association of Flight Attendants union, which has sought to organize Delta flight attendants for years, tests Delta uniforms for chemicals. The union said a small number of flight attendants also had negative reactions to the new gray uniforms and raised concerns that some crew members could be grounded and unable to fly during the busy summer season.
The union has started a petition to tell Delta to continue allowing workers to wear alternate uniforms without penalty.