We’ve all seen this: Steven Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue, was arrested at his home after he cursed out a passenger, called it quits, pulled the emergency chute and slid down to the runway at JFK.
Apparently, the passenger had gotten up out of her seat before she was supposed to and was getting her luggage. Slater approached the woman and was allegedly struck in the head by the luggage being pulled out of the overhead bin. After demanding an apology form the passenger, he received abuse and no sorry. He then went to the PA system where he swore at the passenger and said, “I’ve had it!” before pulling the evacuation slide.
According to People.com, Slater grabbed a few beers before making his dramatic exit. Curt Krakowski, a neighbour of Slater’s Rockaways home, said, “It was like there was a hostage in there,” of the swarming of police detectives and uniformed officers who arrived to take him into custody. He was being charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.
Yahoo! News is reporting that Slater is being hailed as a hero by many in the media and by fellow flight attendants, who surely can relate to the abuse he took. A judge granted him bail of $2500 and he’s been suspended by his employers following further investigation.
Prosecutors admitted that he did address other passengers during his tirade, saying,
Those of you who have shown dignity and respect these last 20 years, thanks for a great ride.
What do you think? Is Steven Slater a “hero”? Or was he unprofessional in losing his cool like that?
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