Steven Slater’s MySpace photos seem to depict a man who really, really digs his job as a flight attendant for JetBlue.
But being a skynanny probably isn’t all it’s cracked up to be all the time. After a heated exchange with a cranky passenger that culminated in Slater being whacked in the head with a piece of luggage, the 39-year-old steward wasn’t having it:
Mr. Slater asked for an apology. The passenger instead cursed at him. Mr. Slater got on the plane’s public address system and cursed out all aboard. Then he activated the inflatable evacuation slide at service exit R1, launched himself off the plane, an Embraer 190, ran to the employee parking lot and left the airport in a car he had parked there.
I said “good day.” Slater was apprehended not long after at his home in Queens. JetBlue didn’t comment much on the situation, saying:
“At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crew members at risk.”
The discount carrier also said it was working with the FAA and the Port Authority to investigate the incident.