If it’s not hard enough already being a flight attendant, now Virgin Blue staff have to attend stylish but troublesome new uniforms.
The new uniforms seem to be a big hit with everyone – except, apparently, those poor staff members who have to wear them.
Launched in a fanfare of publicity by Elle Macpherson, the uniforms were designed by Project Runway’s Juli Grbac. But they use a lot of polyester, including a 100% polyester lining.
The paper quoted a male staff member, who spoke anonymously, saying how the polyester-blend fabric of the new shirts gave him repeated rashes on his neck. He claimed the uniforms “suffocate” the wearer.
Others expressed doubts about their suitability in an emergency, with a female flight attendant saying the uniform wouldn’t let her lift her arms above her shoulder – and wondering how polyester would perform in a fire.