Monday, August 9, 2010

Oh, Chute! Flight Attendant Tells Passengers to Suck it, Then Quits Like a True Diva Would

Thirty-nine-year-old flight attendant Steven Slater is not having any of your shit. He will not -- and we repeat, will not -- be disrespected! After getting into an argument with a passenger this morning, Miss Honey decided he no longer needed a job, so he cursed out everyone on board a Jetblue plane and bolted from the aircraft (which had just landed and was taxiing to the gate) by -- get this -- activating the emergency-exit chute and sliding off the plane. True story.
The contretemps unfolded as JetBlue flight 1052 from Pittsburgh landed at [John F Kennedy airport in NYC] around noon — on time — with a full load of 100 passengers and pulled up to the gate, said the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing but offered the following account: One passenger got out of his seat to fetch his belongings from the overhead compartment before the crew had given permission. Mr. Slater instructed the man to remain seated. The passenger defied him. Mr. Slater approached and reached the passenger just as he pulled down his luggage, which struck Mr. Slater in the head. Mr. Slater asked for an apology. The passenger instead cursed at him. Mr. Slater got on the plane’s public address system and cursed out all aboard. Then he activated the inflatable evacuation slide at service exit R1, launched himself off the plane, an Embraer 190, ran to the employee parking lot and left the airport in a car he had parked there.
But wait! Of course, there's more! Steven told everyone over the PA system: "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." And down the chute he went, but not before stealing two cans of beer from the galley. He was later arrested at his home and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

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BrooklynShoeBabe said...

Best way to quit, IMHO. Better than killing someone.

Anonymous said...

Jobs can be stressful and make you and your life misserable. Way to go Mr. Slatter.

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