OEKO-TEX to give seal of approval to American Airlines' new uniforms

American Airlines has announced that its new uniforms for flight service, customer service and premium customer service, which debut in 2020, will bear the label that reads “Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX,” the company said.

OEKO-TEX comprises a group of 18 independent textile research and test institutes in Europe and Japan that are responsible for developing procedures to test clothes and textiles for harmful substances. Since its inception in 1992, OEKO-TEX has issued more than 160,000 certificates for millions of textile products, certifying that the products do not contain unsafe amounts of harmful substances. The group conducts extensive product checks and regularly visits textile manufacturers to raise awareness about chemicals in textiles.

The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certification is an independent testing and certification system for clothes, accessories and any product made with fabric. Products that have the STANDARD 100 label have been tested for banned dyes, pesticides and many other hazardous chemicals. All parts of the garment or product are tested, including sewing threads, buttons and zippers. Certification must be renewed annually, and OEKO-TEX conducts random sample testing and manufacturing site visits as part of the ongoing certification process.

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC.