First impressions of the “live” new AA uniform that I saw on a flight out of JFK

Yesterday, I flew back from JFK to DCA on American. American operates one daily 737 on this route, and when given the opportunity, I far prefer to take this plane than the usual regional jets that tend to cover this route.

After settling in to my seat in First Class (6E), I caught a glimpse of one of the flight attendants covering the Main Cabin as he walked to the forward galley to chat with the lead flight attendant. He was wearing a vest, which isn’t part of the current uniform design – however, I’ve seen flight attendants wear personal items (though, I’m sure policy says they shouldn’t) so didn’t think much of it. He came down the aisle and began to collect cups from the pre-departure beverage service…and that’s when I saw it. He was wearing the “infamous” new uniform.

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Men AA Uniform

Now, to answer the question I’ll probably receive from many of you – no, I don’t have a picture of him. Mostly, because I didn’t want to be that awkward passenger snapping a picture of a flight attendant, and didn’t want to cause a “scene.” In any event, I witnessed this same flight attendant come up and down the aisle, stow away baggage, and also assist with beverage service, and I wanted to report back on my initial impressions of how the uniform looked and how it performed.

  • From an aesthetic standpoint, it appears a bit more dressy than the current style. The vest he was wearing was something I would wear to a wedding.
  • The new style appeared to be more form fitting and “tight,” though perhaps this specific individual requested a slimmer size. As the FA stowed a passenger’s bag, you could tell a portion of the shirt was yearning to be untucked.
  • The uniform lacks any color, which makes it look very drab when walking down the aisle.
  • The pants appear to be of a lighter material – and tend to flex like golf pants which are not made of a stiff material.
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This probably isn’t any bit of new information, and really nothing different than I’ve reported on before, however I found it interesting to see the uniform now in the live test, and to see it actually being worn on a true flight attendant, and not a model.


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