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The Mystery of American’s Ailing Flight Attendants

Many blame the airline's new uniforms—but $1 million worth of tests still haven't turned up a culprit.
Operations Inside The American Airlines Terminal At Reagan National Airport Ahead Of Earnings
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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From oozing blisters and wheezing to rashes, itchy eyes, and sore throats, numerous American Airlines Group Inc. flight attendants say their new work uniforms are making them sick.

But after a battery of tests and a tense back-and-forth among their union, the airline, and the uniform supplier, it's still not clear what exactly is behind the rise in health complaints.