Red dress drama at 30,000 feet


Delta Airlines is currently experiencing some turbulence -- and airstreams have nothing to do with it. Instead, it's a little red dress that's set off controversy within the company.

The Northwest chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is petitioning Delta to expand the available sizes of its fashion-forward Richard Tyler uniforms up to size 28.

The red frocks -- which sure beat the stuffy, standard kind of attendant-wear most airlines require -- currently only run up to a size 18. Delta, having now incorporated Northwest Airlines, now counts 21,000 attendants among its ranks -- and any of them who don't fall into into that range can choose from more traditional navy options.

Delta posted a net loss of $8.9 billion last year -- I suspect they've got more pressing matters to sort out than the red-dress situation. So they should relish the chance to resolve a problem that's so simple-stupid that it never should have existed in the first place.