Monday, August 9th, 2010

Flight Attendant Exits Early

Well good for him"A JetBlue flight attendant apparently upset with an uncooperative passenger on a just-landed flight unleashed a profanity-laden tirade on the public-address system, pulled the emergency-exit chute, slid off the plane and fled Kennedy International Airport, a law enforcement official said." What did he actually say? Reports a passenger, "To the passenger who just called me a motherfucker: fuck you. I've been in this business 28 years and I've had it." Flight attendant Steven Slater was soon arrested at his home, but I think even the most airline-phobic among us can sort of look at his great escape and offer a silent cheer.

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Rollo (#3,202)

Important additional detail: Slater is alleged to have then activated the plane's inflatable emergency slide, grabbed two beers from the galley, then slid down the chute, the official said.

Alex Balk (#4)

And with that, this story is complete.

Not quite! According to a dubious "NBC" website, when he was arrested, he "appeared to be in the midst of having sexual intercourse."


HiredGoons (#603)

Truly Sully-esque.

The story that keeps giving.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Was he in an upright and locked position?

garge (#736)

Wow, I thought he looked a little flushed as he was being hauled away! Truthfully, all you can really do about interrupted sex is smirk.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

Now I know what to start doing if I strongly suspect I am about to be arrested.

City_Dater (#2,500)

He didn't slap the passenger who called him a motherfucker, which puts him one up on just about anyone else in the service industry who has ever snapped while dealing with a "challenging customer."

Carnage Hall (#5,633)

I think you need another person present, Miles.

Tuna Surprise (#573)

During the last JetBlue flight I was on, the flight attendant hijacked the PA to sing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Trust me, there was a reason this lady was passing out half-cans of Sprite and snack mix to cheap ass people like myself at 35,000 feet instead of headlining on Broadway. On the other hand, this guy is a flight attendant I'm willing to applaud.

Agreed. I prefer this stunt to any attempt at comedy during pre-flight.

Smitros (#5,315)

This strikes me as a colossal act of asshattery. One uncooperative passenger does not justify a tirade that all have to hear. It's a good thing this marks his departure from the industry, because I'm not sure this is the guy I would want to count on in an emergency.

narnio (#38)


"Steven- NYCFLYER just realized his mood has been "pissy" since Dec 5. Time to update the profile!"

kpants (#719)

Huh. That puts his grabbing a couple beers on the way out in a much sadder, less quasi-heroic light. From the myspace profile: "Beating alcoholism and substance abuse 'one day at a time' has opened up new worlds of opportunity for me, and I am so thankful to those who have guided me along the path to successful living, and given me new wings to fly. See you above the clouds…."

kneetoe (#1,881)

Puts the "flight" back into flight attendant.

HiredGoons (#603)

Tomorrow we're going to find out this was an epic ruse by Marina Abramovic.

C_Webb (#855)

Wish my job had an emergency-exit chute. Nothing more embarassing than having everyone you just stormed out on in a huff slowly follow you into the elevator lobby.

curledup (#6,754)

Ditto that, turingclub.

semiserious (#2,430)

One more important detail from the Daily News:"After activating the emergency exit and sliding down to the tarmac, Slater returned to pick up his bag."


There's tirades and then there's tirades followed by jumping out of an airplane. This is the latter. I feel a renewed sense of purpose arising in America.

KarenUhOh (#19)

I would like to hear a comment from the airline that hired this gentlemen when he was 10 years old.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Or, "gentleman." Whichever. Fuck it. Where's my slide?

garge (#736)


Slappy (#5,332)

This is fantastic! What style. Badass, really.

Smitros (#5,315)

I still think this guy was out of line. It has come to light that the passenger struck him, which means it was incumbent upon the flight attendant to call for law enforcement officers to board the plane.

MinnZ (#3,006)

People wear flipflops and sweats on planes now. People bring five suitcases aboard and are complete fucktards when it comes to decorum among other passengers, let alone the people in control of your safety. People are dumbfucks — people try and cram their entire (liquid-free lives and shitty wardrobes) into overhead bins. I am sorry, but if I were in his situation after so many years I feel I would've done the same thing. VIVA flight attendant rebellion. I hate flying with everyone, but I'd love flying with this FA~

I have to admit even I have stopped wearing a tie when I fly. It's all RyanAir's fault; treat me like a cow and I'll become a cow.

SeaBassTian (#281)

His MySpace page should have been a warning sign. Apparently, his mood has remained Pissy for quite some time.

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