A Spectacular Exit For JetBlue Air Steward As He Turns The Air BlueAugust 11, 2010
There are times, as any worker dealing with the general public knows, that the urge to tell a difficult customer about themselves, or slap them cold is overwhelming. But being a professional means you have to swallow it. And the arse that calls him or herself a ‘customer’ knows it. Well one such arse got the flip side of the professional coin and the person to provide it was Steven Slater, flight attendant of JetBlue Airways. He endured one bad passenger too many and had had enough.
His plane from Pittsburgh landed in New York. As it taxied, one passenger decided to go for their luggage in the overhead locker even though they had been ordered to remain seated. Slater confronted her and received a torrent of abuse. He was hit on the head by the open door of the locker. He demanded an apology. Miss thing wouldn’t give it. Cue the meltdown.
First, he walked to the front of the plane and made the following announcement over the PA system: “To the passenger who called me a motherf***er, f**k you. I’ve been in the business 28 years. I’ve had it. That’s it,” he then grabbed his bags and a couple of beers from the galley, opened the emergency chute, slid down, went to his car and drove home. Absolute class. I would love to have been on that plane. It certainly would have made for an interesting end to the journey. Unfortunately he could be facing jail on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing, but hopefully it won’t lead to that. According to some news reports, he’s caring for his mother who has cancer. That’s an enormous stress. No wonder he lost it. He’s grappling with a life-changing event and he’s supposed to put up with that petulant little madam? I don’t think so, and neither do the thousands who have joined Facebook pages in support of him, because they’ve either witnessed this kind of nonsense or have been on the receiving end and are sick of it. This could be the future, ladies and gentlemen, where Ninja public workers will no longer take shit – bring it on!