Steven Slater is a loser. As the story develops there are no passengers that can confirm his side of the story, that he was hit in the head by baggage in the overhead storage, or that a passenger was verbally abusive to him.
Basically, he went "postal" without the gun! A reason for this behavior has not been given as of yet. What really "burns" me about his behavior is that he now has the unmitigated gall to ask the airline for his job back!!! Are you kidding me!!! He had a job of public trust and a responsibility for the safety of passengers and he performed an act of gross negligence disregarding the safety of the passengers entrusted to him and now he wants a "do over."
I am in my fifties and grew up as a kid where you didn't get do overs. Where kids "earned" trophy's for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place. Every kid didn't get a trophy like they do today! I think this fear of damaging children's esteem by telling them that in certain instances they are not as talented as others is a joke. I believe we are all born equal,; however, we all don't develop equally. Most of us develop some talent that makes us stand out more than others. I might be sports, the arts, academia, and in many instances some don't develop any talent that places them above the average person, Therefore, not all people wind up as equals with others in society, that is the way life is.
We have all had tough days and hard times. How many of us have been frustrated passengers on planes that sit on the tarmac for hours of on end, have our baggage lost, or missed our connecting flights and spent the night in airports. Yet, if any of us did what Slater did would we not be prosecuted for our actions, and deservedly so? Is he being prosecuted? If not than I say justice is being denied!
Happy to report this update:
NEW YORK TIMES 5 Sep 2010 – Sometimes there's no going back. JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater— who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand.
Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday that Slater is no longer employed by the airline. She said the airline won't release further details out of respect for Slater's privacy.
The former flight attendant still has to navigate the criminal justice system. He's been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing; his lawyer has said a passenger's "lack of civility" prompted his behavior.
Despite Slater's online popularity, some passengers came forward to criticize him as brusque and cranky throughout the 90-minute trip from Pittsburgh to New York. One passenger portrayed Slater as the instigator, saying he cursed without provocation at a woman who had asked about her bag.
If you've ever dreamt of giving upper management and your clients the ultimate f-you and causing a major stir as you quit, well then, one brazen man lived out many people's wildest fantasies earlier this week when he walked out on his job in the most dramatic, yet surprisingly seamless, fashion possible. If you didn't already hear, 38-year-old [now-former] JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater got into a spat with an uncooperative passenger upon landing, thus prompting him to … more
I can't see why everyone is so enamored with this guy. Basically, he got tired of dealing with some of the annoying passengers on his flights and decided to quit in a colorful way. He did something quite dangerous, activating and going down the emergency slide. As the airport went into emergency mode to investigate, this was the equivilent of turning in a false fire alarm. Suppose a real emergency had occurred at the same time and those workers and equipment were not … more
NEW YORK TIMES 5 Sep 2010 – Sometimes there's no going back. JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater— who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand. Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday that Slater is no longer employed by the airline. She said the airline won't release further … more
I am very happy to see that this loser is getting what he deserves!!! NEW YORK TIMES 5 Sep 2010 – Sometimes there's no going back. JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater— who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand. Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday … more
If you work in the service industry, and you've been bossed around by people who think they own you with some degree of entitlement and you stand up for yourself then you cannot be a bad guy. He was doing his job till one mouthy flyer and her giant bag attacked him. If he got stern with her she would have complained and he still would have gotten in trouble for doing his job of telling everyone to stay seated for their own safety, and probably knowing this is my guess why he went all out. Unless … more
Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
Steven Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue Airways, is known for having made a unique exit from a Pittsburgh to New York flight which had just landed.
As a JetBlue Flight 1052 taxied to a stop at JFK Airport on August 9, 2010, a passenger stood up to retrieve his bag from the overhead compartment. Wishing to instruct the passenger to remain seated, Slater approached him only to have the bag hit his head as it was removed. After Slater asked for an apology, the passenger responded by hurling obscenities at the flight attendant.
Slater returned the obscenities by announcing them over the public address system and then activated his own emergency exit onto the tarmac via the inflatable slide, but not before grabbing two beers from the galley. He slid down the chute, ran to his car parked nearby and drove home where he was later arrested and charged with criminal mischief, trespassing, and reckless endangerment. His bail was set at $2,500.00. Slater pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was held on at the Vernon C. Bain intake center after failing to meet bail.
The identity of the passenger who caused the bag to hit Slater's head and who cursed at him is currently unknown.
News reports did not indicate whether Slater received a concussion when hit on the head, nor whether head injuries might have led to Slater's briefly unpredictable behavior.