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A passenger checks in for a flights at the American Airlines counter at O'Hare International Airport July 2, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

For the first time in about 30 years, American Airlines 80,000 employees are sporting new uniforms. But flight attendants are complaining that the material in the clothes, which were rolled out Sept. 14, is giving them hives, rashes and headaches.

American Airlines and the union that represents the carrier’s flight attendants disagree on how many flight attendants have reported a problem. The airline says that only a handful of flight attendants with allergies to wool have complained.

“We actively communicate with our employees and we’ve had 14 employees among our employees complain about the uniforms,” said Fernand Fernandez, American Airlines vice president for global marketing.

The Assn. of Professional Flight Attendants said at least 600 employees have complained.

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