Archive for Sunday, September 5, 2010

JetBlue: Flight attendant’s big exit was for good

September 5, 2010


— Sometimes there’s no going back.

JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater — who captured the nation’s imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane’s emergency chute, beer in hand.

Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday that Slater is no longer employed by the airline. She said the airline won’t release further details out of respect for Slater’s privacy.

Slater’s lawyer had said he loved flying and wanted to return to work, and Slater’s folk-hero status among tens of thousands of online fans had led some of them to urge the airline to keep him on.

The airline said at the time of the incident last month that Slater was suspended pending an investigation. It told employees in a memo that press coverage was not taking into account how much harm can be caused by emergency slides, which are deployed with a potentially deadly amount of force.

The former flight attendant still has to navigate the criminal justice system. He’s been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing; his lawyer has said a passenger’s “lack of civility” prompted his behavior.


mr_right_wing 7 years, 8 months ago

Just tell me you charged the guy regular price for that beer and deducted it from his last check!

Why go back to that job anyway? In today's world he'd make a whole lot more being a motivational speaker! He could probably even do product endorsements.

That's the kind of world we live in now.

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