Flight attendant dramatically ends his JetBlue career

A JetBlue flight attendant seemed to have bit of a meltdown recently. 

After a confrontation with another passenger, Steven Slater pulled the emergency exit chute and slid down it armed with a crate of beer.

He was later arrested at his home facing charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

The incident occurred after flight 1052 from Pittsburgh landed at JFK and was taxied to terminal five. Slater reportedly gave repeated orders to a passenger to sit down as he tried to access the over head luggage storage whilst the plain was in motion.

Slater annoyance then turned to anger as the passenger failed to apologise after hitting him in the head with a piece of baggage.

Slater then reacted to this using the aircrafts intercom system to curse and swear at other passengers.

This was at the point where Slater made his dramatic exit, which would have seemed heroic if the plain had been in an emergency or if he hadn’t slid down with beer in tow.  

Slater has been an employee of JetBlue since 2008.  

But what possessed this experienced attendant to have such a foolish outburst?

See a video report of the incident.  

By Alastair Clark from Dulwich College currently on work experience with Flightglobal


3 Responses to Flight attendant dramatically ends his JetBlue career

  1. Dubliner 10 August, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    I thought it was awesome. He got hit in the head, then the passenger refused to apologize. The man’s dad just died and his mom is dying of cancer. I would have snapped long before.

  2. Andrew Dunbabin 11 August, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Alastair Clark from Dulwich College currently on work experience with Flightglobal might need to gain some more valuable work experience before he is let loose as an employee…..” whilst the plain was in motion”.
    And I see the original “can” of beer originally reported by the BBC has now turned into a crate. Perhaps next week he will be jumping out of the Space Shuttle?

  3. Syed Mohammad Husain 16 August, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    It was an act of air rage for which there is no place in the airliner cabin and something so freak that it has not been done before except an incident in USA quite sometime back when a man exited a B727 in the air with some cash probably after robbing a bank. He was never found.
    This was an exhibitionist act and probably had been contemplated at some earlier time.

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