There's always a bit of scaremongering that goes on with the genre of Crazy Airline Stories. Are our skies safe? What about the children? That kind of thing. So, in the story of the Jet Blue pilot, Clayton Osbon, who lost it this week and was restrained by passengers and crew, the LA Times says today that he "pounded so hard on the locked cockpit door that the first officer feared Osbon was breaking through the bulletproof barrier." This sentence reads funny, on first glance! But the door is bulletproof, one thinks! Surely a non-bullet, then, can't break down the door? Or can it.
"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.
"As part of the bargain that kept JetBlue Airways from moving its headquarters from Queens to Orlando, state tourism officials agreed to let the airline mesh the iconic I â™¥ NY logo with its own," blogs the bloggers of the New York Times today. (What else did Jet Blue get from the government? Who knows!) Anyway, the blog proposes a contest! Wherein they get all their readers to violate the trademarks of corporate logos and propose new meshings with the I Heart NY logo. Well, here's our submission. It deals with a brand that's a real up-and-comer-it's got a great identity with a visceral impact.
This accounting of the famous (whoa, dial it back: not famous! Or: famous somewhere around Union Square, by that one corner?) Jet Blue Thrillist JetMystery junket written by Liz Armstrong is totally hilarious and fun. "It wasn't just media and PR enjoying these luxuries; CEOs and representatives from companies sponsoring these indulgences came and partied with us too. So it was no secret that we were bought. We signed a piece of paper acknowledging that we were. But we did not suck a dick for 15 bucks in someone's Astro van while he let the engine run. No, we were expensive whores." Even though the beginning is crazy (Somehow [...]
The Daily News notes that American Hero Steven Slater is being represented by a Legal Aid attorney? No offense to the wonderful, terrific American Heroes who work at the Legal Aid Society-and each of them is deserving of quadruple their salary and a sunroom in heaven-but you know they get a little busy with crazy case loads. That being said, it shouldn't be hard for him to cop a little plea on his class D felony charge and get some probation. (He's not the first maniac to pitch a fit in the county of Queens, after all.) But is Steven Slater our first celebu-criminal without a fancy Manhattan [...]