I’ve never envied flight attendants. I can’t imagine being on a plane THAT often. Add to it, they’re constantly dealing with people who have spent hours at the airport bar due to the 3rd flight delay! I know how I feel after ONE flight – with my protective forecefield headphones on. Can you imagine what it’s like for these guys and girls? It’s NO wonder a JetBlue flight attendant SNAPPED, opened the door and slid down the inflatable slide to get away from the madness!
(Courtesy of Associated Press)
A JetBlue flight attendant got into an argument with a passenger on a jetliner arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, cursed the passenger and then deployed an emergency exit slide and fled the plane, police said.
Flight attendant Steven Slater was arrested at his home by Port Authority of New York And New Jersey police on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing. Slater, 39, remained in custody Monday night. His attorney’s name wasn’t immediately available, and there was no home telephone number listed for him.
JetBlue Airways Corp. said in a statement that it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and Port Authority police to investigate the matter. It said the safety of its customers and crew members was never at risk.
Slater was working on JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh when he got into an argument with the passenger, who was pulling down baggage from an overhead bin, the Port Authority said. The luggage apparently struck the attendant in the head, and he asked for an apology, but the passenger refused, the agency said.
As the plane was landing, Slater got on the public-address system and cussed at the passenger, the Port Authority said. He then activated the slide, slid down and went to his car, it said. Port Authority police were notified about 25 minutes later.
JetBlue would not say how long Slater had been employed by the company.