On August 9, 2010, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater quits his job in dramatic style by sliding down his plane’s emergency-escape chute while the aircraft is stopped near the terminal gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Slater, who claimed his actions were prompted by the behavior of a rude passenger, quickly became a media sensation and national folk hero.
At the time of the incident, the 38-year-old Slater was a steward on Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh to New York City. He contended that when the flight landed a passenger became abusive toward him during an argument over luggage. Although other passengers on the flight later disputed Slater’s account of the passenger’s behavior, what happened next was clear: The flight attendant got on the plane’s public address system, cursed at the passenger and said, “I’ve been in this business for twenty years. And that’s it. I’ve had it. I’m done.” Afterward, he took two beers from the beverage cart, deployed the emergency exit and started down the slide. Realizing he’d left his bags on the aircraft, he scrambled back up the slide to retrieve them before fleeing down the chute again. After leaving the airport terminal, he drove to his home in Queens, New York.
Slater, the son of a pilot and a flight attendant, was soon taken into police custody. After posting $2,500 bail, he walked out of jail the next night an instant celebrity and even a folk hero to stressed-out, overworked Americans. Experiencing his 15 minutes of fame, Slater appeared on national talk shows, was honored with Facebook fan pages and received offers to do reality TV programs and endorse a variety of products.
In October 2010, Slater, facing charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, agreed to plead guilty to two counts of attempted criminal mischief and was spared jail time. As part of the deal, he agreed to undergo regular mental health and substance abuse counseling sessions for a year. Additionally, he was required to pay JetBlue $10,000 in restitution to replace the emergency chute. The Queens district attorney, Richard Brown, said of the famous flight attendant: “My own view of the situation was that Mr. Slater was humiliated by what he perceived as degrading working conditions, and he had a level of rage at that time that was exacerbated perhaps by alcohol consumption and maybe by other contributing stress factors.” Brown also said that he felt Slater “recognized the seriousness of his actions.”
JetBlue Flight Attendant Curses Out Passenger, Uses Emergency Slide To Exit Plane And Run Away
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JetBlue Flight Attendant Curses Out Passenger, Uses Emergency Slide To Exit Plane And Run Away
Imagine this sight: Your JetBlue flight has just touched down at your destination when a flight attendant takes to the public address system, drops the F-bomb, pops the emergency door and exits the plane via the emergency slide. We’re really hoping someone out there has video footage of this incident that went down at JFK Airport today.
The flight from Pittsburgh to NYC had just arrived when the attendant found himself involved in a verbal altercation with a passenger.
Here’s how the NY Times describes the scene:
One passenger got out of his seat to fetch his belongings from the overhead compartment before the crew had given permission. [The attendant] instructed the man to remain seated. The passenger defied him. [The attendant] approached and reached the passenger just as he pulled down his luggage, which struck [the attendant] in the head.
After his request for an apology was answered with profanity by the passenger, the attendant took to the intercom and announced, “To the passenger who called me a motherfucker, fuck you… I’ve been in the business 28 years. I’ve had it. That’s it.”
That’s when he popped open the emergency exit and slid down to the tarmac. He then went inside, ripped off his tie and hopped on the AirTrain monorail to the JetBlue parking lot.
According to the Wall Street Journal, he also managed to swipe a few beers from the plane’s galley on his way out.
The attendant, 39, was arrested at his home and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
JetBlue is, of course, taking this seriously and helping the FAA with their investigation. However, said the airline in a statement: “At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crew members at risk.”
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The big hype on the JetBlue flight attendant, who cursed out an unruly passenger and then grabbed a couple of beers and slid down the emergency chute to fame, possibly fortune and a chance at jail time, has subsided in the media.
It appears that he is still facing charges for reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. Although I would be curious to know just what that means. By exiting the plane in a somewhat unconventional manner he probably ran afoul of some federal law pertaining to airport safety or U.S. terrorism laws or whatever. There seem to be enough laws on the books these days to cover every possible situation. I read earlier that he was also being charged with theft – I presume for the two beers that absconded with – but that may or may not be the case. However police have been known to pile on the charges initially on a ‘just in case’ scenario or possibly to simply intimidate the miscreant.
As to the fame and fortune he now has a publicist.
Quitting your job usually leads to bookmarking Monster.com on your laptop and watching M*A*S*H DVDs in your underwear, not fame and fortune. Of course, if for your final act at said job you lay down an expletive-laced tirade over an intercom system and exit via an emergency escape tube, the way former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater reportedly did, the standard rules may not apply. After a week of his story saturating a strangely obsessed media, on Sunday Slater procured the services of top publicist Howard Bragman to help deal with media relations and manage the numerous offers said to be coming his way.
Can a book and a movie be far behind?
But then again Slater might not be the pure folk hero that the media initially made him out to be.
JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater may have been drinking long before he grabbed a beer and made a dramatic exit from a jetliner by opening an emergency slide to the tarmac at New York’s Kennedy Airport, police said today.
Witnesses have also told police that it was Slater who was rude to passengers, and the cut on his forehead came at the beginning of the flight, not during an altercation with a surly passenger after the plane landed as Slater has claimed.
Nor does it appear that he actually quit his job when he made his dramatic exit. So it wasn’t really a glorious ‘take this job and shove it’ moment.
A flight attendant accused of cursing out a passenger on an airplane passenger-address system, grabbing some beer from the galley and exiting on an emergency slide was suspended Tuesday. The attendant’s lawyer said a rule-breaking passenger provoked him.
There is more often than not a lot more to a story than initially gets on the front page.
By David Gardner for MailOnline
Updated: 10:14 BST, 11 August 2010
They say it's best to go out with a bang.
And as resignations go, Steven Slater's was certainly memorable.
When a stroppy passenger swore at the flight attendant after he asked her to remain in her seat until the plane had stopped, the self-confessed 'bag Nazi' first commandeered the public address system to launch a four-letter tirade at shocked travellers.
Unlikely hero: Steven Slater poses with his JetBlue crew card. More details have emerged about the row that led to his unique resignation
Before the fiasco: Steven Slater avoided jail time for his stunt when he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal mischief and agreed to undergo treatment
Incident: The Jet Blue flight from Pittsburgh to New York was carrying 100 passengers
Then he grabbed his bags - and two cans of beer from the galley - and popped the lever for the plane's inflatable emergency chute.
He threw the bags on to it before sliding down to the tarmac himself.
Once on the ground, Slater, 39, picked up his silver Jeep Wrangler and raced home.
MESSAGES OF SUPPORT FROM HIS FACEBOOK FANS
Flo Hale: 'Steven only did what all of us feel like doing to those inconsiderate people that think they are better than the rest of the world.'
Victor Nawrocki: 'I think the other passengers should have helped him.'
Daniel Hood: 'Love the way he took a few beers then jumped down the shoot ha ha this has made my day.'
Sharyl Madeloni: 'Rude is a way of life anymore - we don't have to take it! Personally I would have thrown the beer on the passenger and thrown the jerk down the chute instead! Good going Steven!'
Ross Collins: 'I hope you grabbed some peanuts to go with the beer.'
Naomi Nieves: 'If Steven is reading this, please know that the minute your story aired on TV , I had your back.'
Police arrived to arrest him about an hour later.
Colleagues on Jet Blue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to New York said Slater was having 'a really bad day' on Monday.
The day after didn't get any better when he appeared in court yesterday charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
He pleased not guilty to the charges and was released on £1,500 bail last night.
If convicted, he could be jailed for seven years.
But Slater has become an unlikely folk hero in the U.S., where there was growing sympathy yesterday for the kind of abuse flight attendants have to deal with from unruly passengers.
By last night, a string of pages had been set up in tribute to him on the Facebook website, with many social networkers admiring his grand exit.
Slater flew off the handle after asking a passenger not to remove her belongings from the overhead baggage compartment while the plane was still on the runway after arrival at New York's JFK airport.
The woman reportedly swore at Slater and grabbed her carry-on case anyway, cutting the irate attendant on the forehead with the bag as he tried to intervene.
After the plane had stopped and the 100 passengers started shuffling to the exit, Slater's voice was heard bellowing over the loudspeaker.
Passenger Philip Catelinet said: 'He said, "I've had it! To the passenger who called me a mother******, **** you! I've been in this business for 28 years and that's it. I'm done".
'You don't want to see a flight attendant lose their cool like that. I'm glad it happened on the ground and not anywhere in the air.'
First officer Scott Bienz told investigators he tried to block Slater from getting to the escape chute, but couldn't hold him back.
Fasten your seatbelts: A handcuffed Slater is strapped into the back of a New York City Police Department van after being arrested
Simmering row: Slater's lawyer claims the experienced flight attendant had a repeated confrontation with an unnamed female passenger
Mr Catelinet said he heard Slater talking to another passenger about his anger just before he launched his tirade.
'He said that he had a bad day and that this passenger had set him off,' Mr Catelinet said.
'I thought it was a crazy way to quit your job. And I thought if only we could all quit our jobs so spectacularly, but not get arrested in the process.'
Jet Blue last night suspended Slater from duty pending an investigation.
Happy in the limelight: JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater leaves a correctional facility in the Bronx after posting bail
What a way to go: Slater made his escape down an emergency chute similar to this one
The airline said in a statement: 'At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crewmembers at risk.'
On his Facebook page, Slater lists his interests as 'fashion, interior decorating, spirituality and recovery'.
He is said to have previously worked for TWA and Delta.
He joined Jet Blue in 2008 after a spell as a shop assistant with designer label Burberry.
A neighbour said about 50 police officers turned up at Slater's home in Belle Harbour, New York, to arrest him.
He was found in bed with his boyfriend.
The issue od luggage entitlements is something that has been a pet hate of Slater's for a long while.
On Airliners.net, an aviation website where he uses the handle 'skyliner747', he wrote: 'I hate to be a bag Nazi when I work a flight, but I feel if I am not, then I am letting down all those who cooperate and try to help out as well.'
Folk hero: One of the many Facebook pages set up since the flight attendant was arrested
One supporter has even started marketing T-shirts calling for charges against the flight attendant to be dropped
T-shirt tribute: The story spread like wildfire across the internet with thousands of people signing up to pages in Slater's name and t-shirts printed in his honour
. and there's a message on the back directed at the unnamed woman passenger who sparked the outburst
JetBlue flight attendant who went nuts was in bed with boyfriend when found by cops
The plane had just landed, but he was ready to take off.
A JetBlue flight attendant blew his top, grabbed some beer and bolted out an emergency slide at Kennedy Airport Monday - then headed home to have sex with his boyfriend.
After he was bonked in the head by a bag, Steven Slater stunned passengers by spewing profanity and ranting about quitting as the flight from Pittsburgh pulled up to the gate about noon.
"To the f-----g a--hole who told me to f--k off, it's been a good 28 years," Slater, 38, purred, cops said. "I've had it. That's it," he added, a passenger said.
The mad-as-hell steward grabbed a couple of brewskis and popped one open before activating the emergency exit, witnesses told airport employees.
After tossing his two carry-on bags on the slide, he followed them to the tarmac.
Slater - who actually first started working for airlines 20 years ago, not 28 - then walked to the AirTrain, stripped off his company tie and flung it off as bemused passengers watched.
"I wish we could all quit our jobs like that," said passenger Phil Catelinet, 36, of Brooklyn, who was on the flight and the AirTrain.
"He seemed kind of happy about it. He was like, 'I just quit my job.' "
Port Authority police said it took jetBlue 25 minutes to report the incident, allowing Slater time to leave the scene.
Cops found him in bed with his boyfriend when they arrived to arrest him at a beachfront home in the Rockaways with a porch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, sources said.
He boasted to skeptical cops that he really did escape by chute with his carry-on luggage.
"Oh, yes, I did! I threw them down first and I went down after," he told cops, sources said.
He was grinning as police walked him in handcuffs to a squad car. "He left with a big smile on his face," said neighbor Curt Karkowski.
Slater was wearing a sheepish smile when Port Authority detectives walked him to a waiting van a few hours later. He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
JetBlue would not say how long Slater had worked for the airline, but he wrote on his MySpace page that he was "enjoying being back in the skies" after a five-year break.
"I love to max it out with trips around the world, sometimes on a moment's notice!" he gushed.
Neighbors described Slater as a nice guy, but said he was under some stress. "Steven's mother is dying," said Judy Rochelle, whose son Kenny lives with Slater. "She has lung cancer. She's had two chemos and the prognosis is not good. They were on their way out to California this weekend to settle her affairs."
Rochelle added that Slater "watched his father die of Lou Gehrig's disease not long ago. Steven's under a lot of pressure."
Slater's MySpace page, packed with photos of him posing in his jetBlue uniform, says he beat "alcoholism and substance abuse."
He apparently reached his breaking point on Flight 1052 when a passenger tried to get a bag from the overhead compartment and it clocked Slater on the head, cops said. Words were exchanged, and the passenger cursed at Slater, they said.
After the plane arrived at the gate, he took over the intercom and began spewing abuse.
"We just looked at each other and said, 'What the heck was that about?' " said Catelinet. "I thought, 'Let me get off the plane before they stop us or something.' "
He said he was stunned when he ran into Slater on the AirTrain, bragging about his "take your plane and shove it" stunt.
"It's pretty much the craziest thing I've ever seen on a plane," Catelinet said.
The brother of Slater's partner said he was "dumbfounded" by the wacky incident.
On the Good Old Days of Flying
Before JetBlue, Slater flew with TWA where “we staffed our 757 with 7 flight attendants. It was never about the hot towels or the Chicken Kiev. Rather, the fact that there was always somebody physically with you, interacting with you, engaging. I can fly Spirit from coast-to-coast in a small airplane in my cramped seat with no amenities and come off having had the best flight ever if the crew was warm and hospitable. Or I can be wined and dined by a jaded and aloof legacy airline crew working with minimum staff and come off feeling resentful at the other end.”
The airlines have discounted the invaluable worth of human connection and cheapened the whole thing by making the very people whose life’s ambition has been to extend heartfelt hospitality into ancillary figures. I do wax nostalgic for the good old days because I remember what it meant to treat our passengers like guests in our homes. When we were more likely to say, “You’re welcome” than “I’m sorry.” That said, air travel has always been challenging, weather has always been a factor, and mechanical items break.
5 Interesting Facts About Aircraft Evacuation Slides
James F. Boyle invented the first aircraft slide and submitted his patent for the inflatable escape chute in 1954. Boyle is perhaps most well known for inventing the World War II life vest, the “Mae West” (nicknamed after the buxom actress of that era). The slides were manufactured by Air Cruisers (now known as Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems), which continues to produce inflatable aircraft evacuation slides and rafts.
The FAA requires slides on all aircraft doors where the floor is 6 ft. or more above the ground (thus excluding Embraer ERJ 145-family and Fokker 50-family aircraft). Most slides also can serve as a raft if the emergency landing occurs over water.
Inadvertent Slide Deployment
The unintentional full or partial deployment of an emergency slide is expensive and dangerous. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), inadvertent slide deployment costs the airline industry more than $20 million per year and can result in serious or fatal injury.
According to Lufthansa Technik, under current regulations escape slides must be removed from the aircraft and vetted in a workshop every three years. The slide must be able to inflate within 2-10 sec., depending on aircraft size, and is checked at over-pressure to ensure the slide can endure extreme loads.
Damage to Escape Slides
Shortly after the infamous incident in which a JetBlue flight attendant quit his job, grabbed two beers and exited the aircraft via the escape slide in 2011, Aviation Week interviewed an emergency equipment servicing technician with SR Technics in Zurich, who detailed different types of damage to escape slides: “We see a lot of damage to evacuation systems caused by people who don’t always know or follow the correct procedures after an inadvertent or scheduled deployment. . . . Damage also happens when people, such as the catering staff and others who service the aircraft, accidentally deploy the slide. We have seen slides come in with tears, punctures and even tire marks from having been run over by forklifts.” Full article.
The seemingly simple but highly complex aircraft evacuation slide system is FAA required on every aircraft with a floor higher than 6 ft. Learn more about these ubiquitous slides.
Another flight attendant quits by triggering a grounded plane’s emergency slide and bailing
A FLIGHT attendant has landed in trouble for escaping from a grounded plane in spectacular fashion — and it’s not the first time someone’s done this.
Remember this guy? Fed-up flight attendant Steven Slater astonished passengers in 2010 when he triggered the inflatable slide on a grounded plane and slid his way to unemployment. Source:Supplied
MANY of us fantasise about quitting our jobs in the most spectacular ways imaginable — and a few of us might end up doing it.
But when you’re a flight attendant, there is no more bizarre way to go than this.
A United Airlines hostie has been sacked after she burst open the front door of a plane that landed in Texas, triggered the inflatable evacuation slide, slid down and kept walking.
And it’s not the first time cabin crew have pulled off such an astonishing escape.
The hostie’s Boeing 737 arrived at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston from Sacramento, California, and taxiied for about five minutes before finally stopping at the gate.
As passengers were instructed to remain in their seats due to an medical emergency at the back of the aircraft — a man was having trouble breathing — the flight attendant bailed.
“When we landed we were . told to stay in our seats as deplaning would take a bit longer,” passenger Jonah Vella told local station Click 2 Houston.
𠇎verything seemed to be pretty standard.”
There were 159 passengers on board the flight and six crew members, including the flight attendant.
While her motives remain a mystery, airline officials told KTRK-TV they believed she deployed the emergency slide intentionally, thereby breaching protocol.
“We hold all of our employees to the highest standard. The unsafe behaviour is unacceptable and does not represent the more than 20,000 flight attendants who ensure the safety of our customers,” United Airlines said in a statement.
“United is reviewing the matter and they have removed the employee from her flying duties.”
The plane was taken out of service for a safety check before being deemed airworthy, officials told KTRK-TV.
The incident echoes the spectacular meltdown of another flight attendant, Steven Slater, who spectacularly abused a passenger and escaped from a plane via an inflatable slide in New York in 2010.
As his JetBlue flight landed at JFK International Airport, Slater reportedly called a passenger a 𠇏*cking a**hole” during a row over overhead baggage.
After unleashing an expletive-ridden rant over the aircraft’s public-address system, Slater grabbed two beers from the galley, pulled the lever on the plane’s inflatable slide and bailed.
He was arrested at his home and charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
It looks like fun, but exiting a plane via the emergency slide actually isn’t. Picture: Matt McDonald Source:Supplied
Apart from the obvious stupidity of triggering an evacuation slide on an aircraft when there is no emergency, it’s not a pleasant way to exit a plane — the journey down has been known to cause broken limbs and nasty friction burns among other injuries. Dispatching the slide is also believed to cost the airline about $20,000.
But it’s not only cabin crew who have tried to pull off the incredible sliding stunt.
An impatient passenger who wanted to get off a taxiing China Eastern Airlines plane before other travellers at Hainan, China in 2014 and took it upon himself to open the plane door, triggering the slide.
According to Chinese media, the unidentified passenger told officials he was ger to get out of the plane once it landed” and didn’t think about the consequences of opening the door.
His actions delayed the aircraft’s return flight by two hours and cost the airline about 100,000 yuan ($AU19,710).
A passenger triggered the emergency slide when he couldn’t wait his turn to exit a China Eastern Airlines plane at Sanya Fenghuang International Airport in China. Picture: YouTube/China View Source:Supplied
Aviation expert Patrick Smith told the UK Telegraph opening the door of a taxiing aircraft was a relatively easy — but not advisable — thing to do.
“While the plane is taxiing, you will get the door to open. You will also be able to activate the door’s emergency escape slide,” he said.
𠇊s an aircraft approaches the gate, you will sometimes hear the cabin crew calling out 𠆍oors to manual’. This has to do with overriding the automatic deployment function of the slides.
“Those slides can unfurl with enough force to kill a person, and you don’t want them billowing onto the jet bridge or into a catering truck.”
Escape-Chute Attendant Heads to ArraignmentKatie Orlinsky for The New York Times
Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who cursed out a passenger on Monday and slid down an emergency evacuation chute from the plane, left the Port Authority Police Headquarters at Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday morning en route to his arraignment on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
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Reckless endangerment? Please. Can he just be given a stern “that’s enough of that” and go home, already?
I believe in the final analysis when the novelty of what he did peters out, it will be very sad indeed. The behavior of the rude passenger pushed him over. Couple that with caring for a sick parent and the loss of the other parent, he had nowhere to go but over the precipice.
OR…………….It was planned and he’ll get a reality show and make millions!
Either way it is a statement of the times we live in, the bad manners of the general public and the false heroes that we manufacture to make us feel better.
What about the passenger that didn’t obey the people in charge of safety on the plane? He should be in the same boat for that transgression. It would be chaotic and dangerous if people decided listening to the flight attendants doesn’t matter.
Obviously we can’t endorse flight attendant’s bailing on their jobs, much less opening the emergency slide on the tarmac on a whim. But the idea that he would get jail time for this is absurd. He’s lost his job, and will undoubtedly have to find another line of work. That’s enough.
I would say cite and fine this guy but what he did was so…..Freakin’ Awesome! 𠉪nd handcuffs? Police escort?
Waste that taxpayer’s money….
Slide on you Crazy Diamond! We’re behind you ALL THE WAY!
He’s my hero. I agree….just give him a slap on the wrist….a beer and send him home. He doesn’t have a mental problem…he’s just had ENOUGH. People don’t realize how their actions can affect others and think they can treat people any which way they want! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and he did what so many of us who work with ungrateful, nasty and rude people, would like to do!
The passenger started it. He should have been restrained and this fellow would not have flipped. Just do with him what Jason suggests.
The gentleman has a medical problem, nothing else.
One more thing–if the reports are accurate, and a passenger was unloading the overhead bin while the plane was moving and refused to sit down, she’s the one who belongs in jail. As much as any of the security measures and delays, obnoxious fellow passengers (including those who insist on stuffing all their luggage in the overheads, rather than checking it) have made flying unpleasant.
I’m still waiting for someone to publish the name of the haughty passenger who thinks the world revolves around him.
This is a fantastic story. If this were in a film, the scene would be a classic, if not too far-fetched to believe. They should give this man another beer and a two week vacation and send him home.
Politicians and corporate chieftains do this all the time with virtually no punishmens. Commit crimes, steal money, accept brides and than slide away on a golden parachute ( slide) either in form of severance packages or cushy lobbying jobs. So why are we putting this guy through this harrowing experience for sliding away with a beer. Nobody was hurt.
FREE TRACY TURNBLAD, FREE TRACY TURNBLAD!
I would buy Slater a beer. I’ve been flying for 38 years, and his reaction, although reckless (chute launch) and over the top (free-flow lyrics on the mic), is not much of a surprise. One can only take so much.
At least Slater knew his breaking point and respected human life, unlike the Connecticut man who killed six people and himself when he reached his breaking point.
This would have been hilarious to witness. You go Steve!
Reckless endagerment and criminal mischief? George W. Bush and Dick Cheney ought to be facing those charges, not a flight attendant!
Something about what Steven did has touched a nerve, and he’s become an instant Internet hero to a lot of folks in these troubled times – a great story, and what an exit: he acted on the fantasy of so many! Meanwhile, in the harsh real world, he’s easy prey for the powers that be while many of the real criminals, including some of those running the airlines, will clip another fat cigar and let out some more pollution. Steven has earned his 15 minutes of fame, and I hope he wins Dancing with the Stars or something so that he can help out his family and earn enough money to keep his home.
The fact that he was smirking when arrested at home that his neighbors thought it was funny and that he purposely took a beer prior to his slide down the chute , , , gives me reason to believe that he was planning on quitting in a humorous manner.
This world needs to laugh a bit more . . .
This man did the only thing he could do and maintain his sanity.
He does not have a medical problem, What does that mean? He sounds rather well adjusted to me.
From what I have understand, Mr. Slater was trying to keep a passenger from standing up and getting his bags out of the overhead compartment before the plane had fully landed. The passenger would not comply and cursed at Mr. Slater. Based on my observations of horribly inconsiderate fellow passengers on airline flights, I can just bet that passenger was rude and also wrong. Mr. Slater should have controlled himself better than he did, but I guess he just got to the breaking point. I hope nothing comes from this for him other than a slap on the hand.
Why was the passenger who started the altercation not immediately cuffed and escorted off the plane in disgrace? The wrong guy got arrested!
As a current flight attendant, I find the comments, supporting what this flight attendant did, as a real issue in itself. Does anyone realize that he slid down a slide, onto an active tarmac, somehow got thru the terminal and onto the Airtram, that took him to the employee parking lot. What would many be saying if it were an irate passenger who did that? Do you realize the security mess he obviously caused and delays on other Jetblue flights that afternoon. I guess none of you were flying that afternoon. Ask the passengers, flight-attendants and pilots on that flight what they thought. There’s a serious problem with the thought process of some who have posted here. Post 9/11 there are certain things you just don’t do𠉪nd a flight attendant did this? Let’s check ourselves.
A national hero! I hope he gets his own reality show. Maybe he and Levi Johnson could go toe to toe. Keep it up, Steve!
A new way to quit: Hit the slide
The JetBlue flight attendant whose splendiferous wig-out Monday involved an escape via an emergency exit slide has become a folk hero to his fellow stewards of the sky.
"I've had that fantasy," says Sara Keagle, a flight attendant for 18 years. "He lived my fantasy. He is the Thelma and Louise of flight attendants."
It is a fantasy born of dealing with passengers who refuse to sit down, refuse to power down, refuse to simmer down. They want it their way, and they want it right now and they want to waddle onto the aircraft with six carry-ons the size of Stonehenge and pretend that it's all going to fit under the seat.
Uh-uh. We are going to put a stop to that nonsense, and we are going to call that stop The Slater.
The incident in question happened at the end of a Monday flight from Pittsburgh to New York, when Slater got into a dispute with a passenger who ignored instructions involving an overhead luggage compartment. At one point, the passenger's luggage struck Slater on the head. Slater then got on the intercom, unleashed a mighty tirade ("I'm done! I quit!" according to one passenger's blogged account), deployed the plane's exit chute and slid onto the tarmac -- but not before stopping at the beverage cart to grab a beer.
He drove home, where he was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief charges that could result in up to seven years in prison. He was suspended from duty on Tuesday and arraigned in a Queens courtroom, where a judge set $2,500 bail. His lawyer told the judge that Slater had been stressed over his ailing mother.
At Reagan National Airport, flight attendants were walking a little taller, smiling the secret smile of the righteously vindicated.
"Every single one of my friends said, "Good for him!' " whispered an attendant who declined to give her name. She has dealt with the cellphone arguments. The passenger bickering. She has pulled out the final threat: Do I need to call the captain?
"You put on a smile and you treat them like children," says the former schoolteacher. Don't make her turn this plane around.
"Passengers can all be divided into four types," says another no-nonsense attendant who has whittled the chaos of airline travel into logical precision. The four types are: