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Flight Attendant Pops Emergency Chute, Escapes Plane at JFK

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By Sean Gardiner


BloombergAn American Airlines aircraft, left, and two JetBlue aircraft, right, taxi on a runway at JFK.Updated, 4:26 p.m.

A jetBlue flight attendant upset because a passenger refused to apologize after accidentally striking him with luggage, allegedly spewed obscenities over the PA system, then activated and slid down a plane’s emergency chute before disappearing into a terminal at John F. Kennedy airport Monday, an airport official said.
JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh had taxied to a stop at Terminal 5, Gate C around noon Monday when flight attendant Steven Slater, 38, was struck in the head with luggage that a passenger was trying to unload from an overhead compartment, according to an airport official with knowledge of the incident.
Slater demanded an apology from the passenger, the official said, but the passenger refused. The two argued before the passenger told Slater to “f— off”, the official said. The official said that Slater then got on the plane’s PA system and directed that same obscenity at all the passengers and added that he especially meant it for the man who refused to apologize.
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.
The attendant then ran from the tarmac into the terminal, the official said. He made his way to his car and drove to his residence in Belle Harbor, Queens, the official said. The official said that jetBlue officials waited until about 25 minutes after the chute was deployed before they notified Port Authority Police. The wait enabled Slater to make the getaway, the airport’s police force. Steve Stampley, a jetBlue spokesman, declined to comment on the alleged reporting delay.
Authorities picked the flight attendant up at his home on Beach 128th Street Monday afternoon and brought him to the Port Authority Police station at JFK airport for questioning. The official said that Slater was calm when arrested and remained calm throughout his interrogation and the booking process. He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He was awaiting arraignment Monday night. Attempts to reach Slater’s relatives were not successful. (No word on whether the flight attendant was one of the many former NYPD officers in jetBlue’s employ.)
Stampley said that jetBlue’s corporate policy prohibits the company from divulging information about crewmembers.
“At this time, we are working with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to investigate this incident. At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crewmembers at risk,” Stampley said.

Gawker unearthed what appears to be Slater’s MySpace page, which mentions overcoming alcohol and substance abuse, and includes comments about how he ‘loves to max it out with trips around the world, sometimes on a moment’s notice!’
 

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He probably got sick of a decade of gay stewardess jokes and it manifested itself in this way.
 

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That is pretty funny. I mean if you accidentally wack someone with your suitcase, why wouldn't you apologize? I think it's funny cause that asshole probably had his whole day ****ed up because he was a prick. Too bad everyone else had to suffer with the jerk. There's no reason not to apologize in that case; and it would have prevented the situation.
 

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Grabbed a beer, slid down the escape slide, and drove off.

Yeeeessssssss!!!
:D
 

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Grabbed a beer, slid down the escape slide, and drove off.

Yeeeessssssss!!!
:D
Although I agree it was one HELL of an awesome exit...... Ive been in sales for 18+ years and Ive taken some MAJOR...... MAAAAJOR poundings on both sides. Management and clients. To the point where I had heart palpitations every few hours and I went home and couldnt sleep at nights. Ive been pushed around and crapped on more than anyone else I know of (except a few fellow Sales co-workers). But Ive always sucked it up and continued on. I just felt its my job. THIS is way they are paying me. If it was easy then the pay would be less. The benefits would be LESS.

So I must say this fella is really thin-skinned. Also reckless. I wish he finds a job that suits him better.
 

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This is why I never take the "it's degrading and exploitative" arguments against porn very seriously. There are far more socially acceptable jobs that are just as bad if not worse.
 

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Although I agree it was one HELL of an awesome exit...... Ive been in sales for 18+ years and Ive taken some MAJOR...... MAAAAJOR poundings on both sides. Management and clients. To the point where I had heart palpitations every few hours and I went home and couldnt sleep at nights. Ive been pushed around and crapped on more than anyone else I know of (except a few fellow Sales co-workers). But Ive always sucked it up and continued on. I just felt its my job. THIS is way they are paying me. If it was easy then the pay would be less. The benefits would be LESS.

So I must say this fella is really thin-skinned. Also reckless. I wish he finds a job that suits him better.
Deep down you know you've always wanted to do something like this.

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I feel bad for people like flight attendents, clerks, charter sailors and such who have to endure all kinds of slander, abuse, profanity, and such from their customers. They're humans too
 

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I don't know that I feel badly for flight attendents as they get paid well for what they do, get to travel the world and are not locked into a 9-5 M-F thing. Every job has it's garbage.

Having said that, this really is a great "feel good" story.
 

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I can't understand how this story has gotten so huge. He's all over the papers, talk shows, etc. I give it 3 weeks til he's hosting America's Next Top Sassy Gay Friend
 

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I don't understand what the issue is . . . why did he get such a harsh punishment for being an ass? I especially don't understand the 'trespassing' - he's a flight attendant - he works there - I think that pretty much says he can be on the tarmac :shrug:

Others have done far worse in the world- and get a free ticket :shrug:

I've never been more lost and confused over something. :rofl
 

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At least he didn't go postal. He was just fed up dealing with the moronic public.

Everytime I fly after taking my seat I sit there and watch the same show each time. The show of watching people come aboard and try to shove their overstuffed baggages into the overhead storage. Many of them are unable to lift 15 pounds above their heads and struggle to get a 20 pound bag up to the bin.

On this same airline note is why don't they load passengers from rear to front? Have never understood the logic of loading front first.
 

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Who doesn't *automatically apologize* for bumping into someone, anyway?

I mean - to me an apology in that type of situation is so immediate I don't even have time to think it over. . . *bump* *oh sorry!* . . . heck, I've apologized to shopping carts and shelves.
 

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Who doesn't *automatically apologize* for bumping into someone, anyway?

I mean - to me an apology in that type of situation is so immediate I don't even have time to think it over. . . *bump* *oh sorry!* . . . heck, I've apologized to shopping carts and shelves.


You never have been to NYC have you? :ssst:
 

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I feel bad for people like flight attendents, clerks, charter sailors and such who have to endure all kinds of slander, abuse, profanity, and such from their customers. They're humans too
Yeah, I've been working with the public for 27 years, and I fully understand the guy's frustration. I thought it was hilarious.:mrgreen:
 
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this guy.... is just plain dumb... maybe he really wanted to use the restroom and a comfy one lol
 

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The further north you go up the bigger the assholes become. Jersey City? It's horrible.
 

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I don't understand what the issue is . . . why did he get such a harsh punishment for being an ass? I especially don't understand the 'trespassing' - he's a flight attendant - he works there - I think that pretty much says he can be on the tarmac :shrug:

Others have done far worse in the world- and get a free ticket :shrug:

I've never been more lost and confused over something. :rofl
I read on another board that deploying the emergency chute could have seriously injured or killed a crew member on the ground who would not have been expecting that. Plus it costs thousands of dollars to reload the chute (or something like that). However, I didn't verify that.
 
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