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TheReverend
08-09-2010, 11:16 PM
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/Airline-Steward-at-JFK-Pulls-Emergency-Chute-Flies-Coop-100286494.html

A flight attendant ran out of patience on a plane that just landed at JFK on Monday afternoon, so he allegedly cursed a blue streak over the p.a. system, grabbed some beers, pulled the emergency chute, slid down and ran from the plane, sources said.

Jet Blue employee Steven Slater, 38, was working on Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh to Kennedy Airport, which landed at around 12 p.m., when he got into a verbal altercation with a passenger, law-enforcement sources said.

Following a heated exchange, the flight attendant told off the entire plane on the public address system, activated an emergency chute near the back of the plane and jumped down the evacuation slide and ran for it.

The argument began when one of the 100 passengers on the flight, got up early to get her luggage from an overhead compartment, according to sources. Slater told the passenger to sit back down -- but, as he approached, the woman continued to pull her belongings down and struck him in the head with her bag, authorities said.

Slater asked for an apology but the woman cursed him out, saying in effect "go f--k yourself" and calling him a "mo-fo," according to law enforcement sources who are still sorting out the specifics. Then Slater got on the flight's announcement system and allegedly cursed out everyone on the plane -- especially the person who mouthed off to him, according to law enforcement sources.

When his tirade was through, he then took a some beers from the galley and pulled the emergency chute and slid off the Embraer 190 plane. According to police sources, he threw his luggage down first and said something to the effect of "there goes 28 years," before he took the plunge.
After getting down the slide, Slater took off into the terminal, law-enforcement sources said.

The steward was "having a bad day," sources said.

Slater was later arrested at his home in Belle Harbor, Queens by Port Authority officials. Police sources said that when authorities found Slater he seemed to be in the midst having sexual relations.

He is being charged with 2nd-and 4th-degree criminal mischief, 1st- and 2nd-degree reckless endangerment and criminal trespass in the 3rd degree, according to a spokeswoman for Queens DA Richard Brown. Slater faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted.

No one was injured in the incident. JetBlue, in a statement, added, "At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crewmembers at risk."

Dagmar
08-09-2010, 11:20 PM
I like that when the police caught him he was in "a sexual embrace".

epicSocialism4tw
08-09-2010, 11:34 PM
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/Airline-Steward-at-JFK-Pulls-Emergency-Chute-Flies-Coop-100286494.html

A flight attendant ran out of patience on a plane that just landed at JFK on Monday afternoon, so he allegedly cursed a blue streak over the p.a. system, grabbed some beers, pulled the emergency chute, slid down and ran from the plane, sources said.

Jet Blue employee Steven Slater, 38, was working on Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh to Kennedy Airport, which landed at around 12 p.m., when he got into a verbal altercation with a passenger, law-enforcement sources said.

Following a heated exchange, the flight attendant told off the entire plane on the public address system, activated an emergency chute near the back of the plane and jumped down the evacuation slide and ran for it.

The argument began when one of the 100 passengers on the flight, got up early to get her luggage from an overhead compartment, according to sources. Slater told the passenger to sit back down -- but, as he approached, the woman continued to pull her belongings down and struck him in the head with her bag, authorities said.

Slater asked for an apology but the woman cursed him out, saying in effect "go f--k yourself" and calling him a "mo-fo," according to law enforcement sources who are still sorting out the specifics. Then Slater got on the flight's announcement system and allegedly cursed out everyone on the plane -- especially the person who mouthed off to him, according to law enforcement sources.

When his tirade was through, he then took a some beers from the galley and pulled the emergency chute and slid off the Embraer 190 plane. According to police sources, he threw his luggage down first and said something to the effect of "there goes 28 years," before he took the plunge.After getting down the slide, Slater took off into the terminal, law-enforcement sources said.

The steward was "having a bad day," sources said.

Slater was later arrested at his home in Belle Harbor, Queens by Port Authority officials. Police sources said that when authorities found Slater he seemed to be in the midst having sexual relations.

He is being charged with 2nd-and 4th-degree criminal mischief, 1st- and 2nd-degree reckless endangerment and criminal trespass in the 3rd degree, according to a spokeswoman for Queens DA Richard Brown. Slater faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted.

No one was injured in the incident. JetBlue, in a statement, added, "At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crewmembers at risk."

There is so much craziness in that story that its hard to wrap my head around it.

7 years? That's a little (lot) extreme.

randomtask
08-09-2010, 11:43 PM
No way that guy gets convicted of everything.

Seriously, though, you'd had to have had a very rough week/month to lose it like that.

OABB
08-09-2010, 11:44 PM
Awesome. I'm always surprised more flight attendants don't do this all of the time. They never sleep, get paid **** and have to put up with assholes all day.

Chris
08-09-2010, 11:46 PM
Kind of awesome.

Los Broncos
08-09-2010, 11:50 PM
I liked that he grabbed some beers before sliding down Ha!

24champ
08-09-2010, 11:56 PM
The guy should be given a medal...

watermock
08-10-2010, 12:10 AM
I like that when the police caught him he was in "a sexual embrace".

******.

wow.

JJJ
08-10-2010, 12:27 AM
This guy has achieved urban legend status in a span of a few hours. Very funny stuff. Ha!

Living out every flight attendant's dream of going postal just one time on dumb ass customers.

OBF1
08-10-2010, 12:38 AM
He should have pimp-slapped the whore when she hit him with the bag. The customer should be charged with assult and battery.

broncocalijohn
08-10-2010, 12:45 AM
I like that when the police caught him he was in "a sexual embrace".

well, has anyone seen or heard from Blart or Chris lately? Gay dudes can have really ****ting, flabergasted and flustured days just like all of us. Sometimes you just need to spoon. Of course spooning in the gay community is a sexual position.
On a more serious note, what is going to happen to the crazy bitch passenger?

broncocalijohn
08-10-2010, 12:46 AM
I liked that he grabbed some beers before sliding down Ha!

the best is pulling the emergency hatch. In 28 years he probably never had to experience it in real situation and this one was the final straw.....and the final voyage for him. " You go girl !"is what the other male stewardess were heard yelling as he went out like superman.

UberBroncoMan
08-10-2010, 12:47 AM
He should have pimp-slapped the whore when she hit him with the bag. The customer should be charged with assult and battery.

*She* won't. *He* would have.

watermock
08-10-2010, 01:14 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2010-08-09-jetblue-flight-attendant-arrested_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

how amusing.

maher_tyler
08-10-2010, 01:23 AM
Awesomeness!!

Requiem
08-10-2010, 01:36 AM
Legendary.

24champ
08-10-2010, 01:58 AM
Someone needs to Photoshop this with some beers in his hands.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs133.ash2/40003_146435115382823_146433718716296_354093_48571 99_n.jpg

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 02:08 AM
If he starts a paypal fund to cover his legal fees, I'm pitching in.

Kaylore
08-10-2010, 04:37 AM
I liked that he grabbed some beers before sliding down Ha!

That's the best part.

uplink
08-10-2010, 04:51 AM
Awesome. I'm always surprised more flight attendants don't do this all of the time. They never sleep, get paid **** and have to put up with a-holes all day.

Never ceases to amaze me how people, such as the passenger, take it out on the workers who are only doing their jobs enforcing company policy.

El Guapo
08-10-2010, 06:04 AM
Good for him. I couldn't deal w the flying public day-to-day.

Garcia Bronco
08-10-2010, 06:34 AM
7 years? GTFOH. I would not convict him if I sat on that jury based on the information in the article above.

dbfan21
08-10-2010, 06:43 AM
Awesome. I'm always surprised more flight attendants don't do this all of the time. They never sleep, get paid **** and have to put up with a-holes all day.

+1

It's amazing the sense of entitlement people feel these days. It's as if they adhere to the mantra: "I exist, therefore I deserve".

Being a flight attendant has to be one of the worst jobs out there...

TheElusiveKyleOrton
08-10-2010, 06:55 AM
I thought this was going to be a hot flight attendant picture thread.

http://www.dvorak.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/flight_attendant.jpg

Life is full of disappointment.

Dr. Broncenstein
08-10-2010, 07:08 AM
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nsfw language

Garcia Bronco
08-10-2010, 07:44 AM
That's the best part.

That's a 6 dollar beer. It might not have been his first one either.

scorpio
08-10-2010, 08:35 AM
My girlfriend didn't think it was nearly as awesome as I did.

Everybody's got to have heroes, baby.

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 09:40 AM
Let's see...Dude is 38 and claimed to have worked in the business 28 years. I didn't know airlines hired 10 year old flight attendants. Hilarious!

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 09:42 AM
Let's see...Dude is 38 and claimed to have worked in the business 28 years. I didn't know airlines hired 10 year old flight attendants. Hilarious!

When his tirade was through, he then took a some beers from the galley and pulled the emergency chute and slid off the Embraer 190 plane. According to police sources, he threw his luggage down first and said something to the effect of "there goes 28 years," before he took the plunge.

Beantown Bronco
08-10-2010, 09:45 AM
Sounds like someone was having a case of the Mondays.....

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Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 09:56 AM
When his tirade was through, he then took a some beers from the galley and pulled the emergency chute and slid off the Embraer 190 plane. According to police sources, he threw his luggage down first and said something to the effect of "there goes 28 years," before he took the plunge.

The New York Daily News has a more colorful description of Slater's meltdown:

"To the passenger who called me a m—-f—er, f—- you," flight attendant Steven Slater ranted over the intercom, passengers said.

"I've been in the business 28 years. I've had it. That's it."

After activating the emergency exit and sliding down to the tarmac, Slater returned to pick up his bag and rode the AirTrain to his car parked the the JetBlue lot, cops said.

This was in yesterday's report from NYDN. Today, they have changed it to 20 years.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 10:04 AM
The New York Daily News has a more colorful description of Slater's meltdown:



This was in yesterday's report from NYDN. Today, they have changed it to 20 years.

Exactly what I was saying?

Rohirrim
08-10-2010, 10:06 AM
I'll just about do anything as an alternative to flying. I used to love it. Now, it's become a survival test through a brutal gauntlet of assholes and jerks, to fly in planes jam-packed like sardine cans with a bunch of surly, miserable bastards whose only regard is their own self interest. Plus, you get massively overcharged for the miserable experience. In case nobody is old enough to have noticed, the idea of social manners in the U.S. has gone the way of the dodo. It seems that nowhere else but in taking a little plane trip do you get quite the full fragrance of the "eat-****-and-die" zeitgeist of modern America. I'm not at all surprised at this steward's actions. Sounds like he had a moment of clarity.

SonOfLe-loLang
08-10-2010, 10:13 AM
I'll just about do anything as an alternative to flying. I used to love it. Now, it's become a survival test through a brutal gauntlet of a-holes and jerks, to fly in planes jam-packed like sardine cans with a bunch of surly, miserable bastards whose only regard is their own self interest. Plus, you get massively overcharged for the miserable experience. In case nobody is old enough to have noticed, the idea of social manners in the U.S. has gone the way of the dodo. It seems that nowhere else but in taking a little plane trip do you get quite the full fragrance of the "eat-****-and-die" zeitgeist of modern America. I'm not at all surprised at this steward's actions. Sounds like he had a moment of clarity.

I have to agree, though I must admit i still love the process of flying from beginning to end. It does help that during two of my three last flights, I was seated next to unbelievably hot women. Makes any multihour trip better.

Hercules Rockefeller
08-10-2010, 10:15 AM
Only way this could be better is if he snapped his fingers as he went out the door.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 10:18 AM
I have to agree, though I must admit i still love the process of flying from beginning to end. It does help that during two of my three last flights, I was seated next to unbelievably hot women. Makes any multihour trip better.

Ugh. I always scan the gate before boarding, see the one girl I hope to sit next to, and I ALWAYS get some monstrosity of a human being that does not fit into their seat and wants to sleep on me.

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 10:27 AM
Exactly what I was saying?

Dunno. You posted an excerpt but didn't really bother to explain your point.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 10:30 AM
Dunno. You posted an excerpt but didn't really bother to explain your point.

You said he claimed to work 28 years in the business. He didn't claim anything, that was what one of the things in an apparently long tirade that was reported to have been said by other people who most likely misheard.

Pontius Pirate
08-10-2010, 10:31 AM
And he is WAY gay

SonOfLe-loLang
08-10-2010, 10:31 AM
Ugh. I always scan the gate before boarding, see the one girl I hope to sit next to, and I ALWAYS get some monstrosity of a human being that does not fit into their seat and wants to sleep on me.

I've flown dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens of times in my life and have consistently had that experience. For whatever reason, the last two times I've gotten lucky. Then again, i got both of their numbers and neither worked out, so i guess the end result is the same if I sat next to some horrible person.

Drunk Monkey
08-10-2010, 10:38 AM
I'll just about do anything as an alternative to flying. I used to love it. Now, it's become a survival test through a brutal gauntlet of a-holes and jerks, to fly in planes jam-packed like sardine cans with a bunch of surly, miserable bastards whose only regard is their own self interest. Plus, you get massively overcharged for the miserable experience. In case nobody is old enough to have noticed, the idea of social manners in the U.S. has gone the way of the dodo. It seems that nowhere else but in taking a little plane trip do you get quite the full fragrance of the "eat-****-and-die" zeitgeist of modern America. I'm not at all surprised at this steward's actions. Sounds like he had a moment of clarity.

I like to fly. It is the one place I can sit there quietly listen to my headphones and read a book. I fly over 100,000 miles a year and get the VIP treatment from American, that also helps.

worm
08-10-2010, 10:40 AM
Ugh. I always scan the gate before boarding, see the one girl I hope to sit next to, and I ALWAYS get some monstrosity of a human being that does not fit into their seat and wants to sleep on me.

I swear to God. This happens to me ALL the time. If Big Foot or Yeti is flying I guarantee they will be sitting next to me and think my seat is for the extra folds in their stomach to be more comfortable.

I hate a lot of things about SouthWest...but the ability to get a shot at picking out the right hot chick to sit next too has worked out very well in the past.

Dr. Broncenstein
08-10-2010, 10:41 AM
I find my satisfaction with flying is directly proportional to the time spent in first class.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 10:42 AM
I find my satisfaction with flying is directly proportional to the time spent in first class.

As nice as that is, if you fly often I think it's a massive waste of money.

Edit: That IS the only way I'll fly overseas though.

Drunk Monkey
08-10-2010, 10:45 AM
I find my satisfaction with flying is directly proportional to the time spent in first class.

This

Beantown Bronco
08-10-2010, 10:47 AM
Ugh. I always scan the gate before boarding, see the one girl I hope to sit next to, and I ALWAYS get some monstrosity of a human being that does not fit into their seat and wants to sleep on me.

Easy solution.....stop vacationing with Domcasual.

Garcia Bronco
08-10-2010, 10:52 AM
i like to fly. It is the one place i can sit there quietly listen to my headphones and read a book.

qft

Garcia Bronco
08-10-2010, 10:52 AM
Ugh. I always scan the gate before boarding, see the one girl I hope to sit next to, and I ALWAYS get some monstrosity of a human being that does not fit into their seat and wants to sleep on me.

also QFT

SonOfLe-loLang
08-10-2010, 10:59 AM
Though this is changing with the advent of inflight internet, I enjoyed the few hours in which I was completely unreachable. It's like time stands still for a few hours, even if its a bit cramped. Something calming about it.

Malcontent
08-10-2010, 11:34 AM
He will prolly be on the late night circuit later this week and hired by some dumb company after that....what a world..

Beantown Bronco
08-10-2010, 11:43 AM
He will prolly be on the late night circuit later this week and hired by some dumb company after that....what a world..

Funny you should say that. I was talking with this girl on the light rail this morning who confirmed that he's already on the guest lecturing circuit at some local colleges. He was apparently at her school - Grand Lakes University - this morning and she recorded the lecture on her cameraphone. Enjoy.



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Malcontent
08-10-2010, 11:45 AM
Funny you should say that. I was talking with this girl on the light rail this morning who confirmed that he's already on the guest lecturing circuit at some local colleges. He was apparently at her school - Grand Lakes University - this morning and she recorded the lecture on her cameraphone. Enjoy.



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Gahhahaha...:~ohyah!:

24champ
08-10-2010, 12:39 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs120.ash2/39346_1449242443328_1601233522_1054802_3613896_n.j pg

Los Broncos
08-10-2010, 12:41 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs120.ash2/39346_1449242443328_1601233522_1054802_3613896_n.j pg

:~ohyah!:

broncocalijohn
08-10-2010, 02:13 PM
Here is the latest on the "dude". He was married to a chick but divorced. I wonder why?

http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20100810/0cd76c36-6341-4912-8a75-6cd3f8b0220b

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 02:18 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs143.ash2/40471_145469862139458_145469768806134_358779_58876 09_n.jpg

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Steven-Slater/145469768806134

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 02:26 PM
You said he claimed to work 28 years in the business. He didn't claim anything, that was what one of the things in an apparently long tirade that was reported to have been said by other people who most likely misheard.

Of course, you have proof that it wasn't said, right? I'm just going with what the story has said. Damn, that was close--you almost overreacted. :giggle:

broncocalijohn
08-10-2010, 02:27 PM
exactly how i pictured him to look like. Gay in every way but with that smirk of an attitude. I wish there was video of the incident because it would have been awesome.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 02:29 PM
Of course, you have proof that it wasn't said, right? I'm just going with what the story has said. Damn, that was close--you almost overreacted. :giggle:

No, I'm not overreacting, I'm actually just wondering how you have the brain power to perform involuntary functions like breathing.

Let me go over this with you extremely slowly so a person of your mental capacity can comprehend it:

1. You were laughing at what the flight attendant said.

2. He didn't say anything. It was what was REPORTED to be said.

3. You even posted a follow up that it's been changed from 28 years to 20 years.

which leads me to:

4. Are you wearing your helmet?

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 02:53 PM
No, I'm not overreacting, I'm actually just wondering how you have the brain power to perform involuntary functions like breathing.

Let me go over this with you extremely slowly so a person of your mental capacity can comprehend it:

1. You were laughing at what the flight attendant said.

2. He didn't say anything. It was what was REPORTED to be said.

3. You even posted a follow up that it's been changed from 28 years to 20 years.

which leads me to:

4. Are you wearing your helmet?

Yeah, you shoulda just backspaced as we've both wasted more bandwidth on this worthless topic than necessary. But as long as you want to turn into Captain D!ck...

1. You say he didn't say anything. Have you provided any evidence he 'didn't say anything'? Was he silent? No.

2. I'm guessing you have a transcript of the conversation that would demonstrate that he didn't say '28' or did say '20', as you are speaking so authoritatively as if you were on the plane. Why haven't you posted it yet, out of curiosity? Oh that's right, you're speculating just like we all are.

3. The fact that the follow up was changed in the publication from 28 to 20 proves nothing. It is possible they got it right the first time in using 28--as it'd be TOTALLY out of character for a psychotic, overdramatic princess like this guy to deliberately misspeak to--wait for it--get attention. Bottom line: You don't know. Neither do I. The post was to spur the imagination to a 10 year old flight attendant, not to impugn the journalist or bunch up anyone's (translation: 'yours', since you're the only one pressing an insignificant issue with a roid rage intensity) undies.

4. That's not a helmet, it's my hair.

Los Broncos
08-10-2010, 02:54 PM
Bwahahaha sliding down the ramp was great.

Kaylore
08-10-2010, 02:54 PM
You read the thread title and you're hoping for something like this:

http://www.mymym.com/gfx/vali_trip_ger71.jpg

Rabb
08-10-2010, 02:59 PM
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Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 03:00 PM
You read the thread title and you're hoping for something like this:

http://www.mymym.com/gfx/vali_trip_ger71.jpg


or this:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/SleHY53-O7I/AAAAAAABDNA/KX8JAueKgdQ/s640/z27.jpg

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 03:06 PM
Yeah, you shoulda just backspaced as we've both wasted more bandwidth on this worthless topic than necessary. But as long as you want to turn into Captain D!ck...

1. You say he didn't say anything. Have you provided any evidence he 'didn't say anything'? Was he silent? No.

2. I'm guessing you have a transcript of the conversation that would demonstrate that he didn't say '28' or did say '20', as you are speaking so authoritatively as if you were on the plane. Why haven't you posted it yet, out of curiosity? Oh that's right, you're speculating just like we all are.

3. The fact that the follow up was changed in the publication from 28 to 20 proves nothing. It is possible they got it right the first time in using 28--as it'd be TOTALLY out of character for a psychotic, overdramatic princess like this guy to deliberately misspeak to--wait for it--get attention. Bottom line: You don't know. Neither do I. The post was to spur the imagination to a 10 year old flight attendant, not to impugn the journalist or bunch up anyone's (translation: 'yours', since you're the only one pressing an insignificant issue with a roid rage intensity) undies.

4. That's not a helmet, it's my hair.

Genius, what you're neglecting to understand that it's far more likely that he misheard/misquoted by whoever gave that statement to the press considering A) it was apparently a lengthy tirade with a lot of fantastic quotes to remember and B) he's aware of his age.

Yet your immediate reaction is "OMG WHAT AN IDIOT!" and "Oh where's your proof and transcript?"

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 03:09 PM
Genius, what you're neglecting to understand that it's far more likely that he misheard/misquoted by whoever gave that statement to the press considering A) it was apparently a lengthy tirade with a lot of fantastic quotes to remember and B) he's aware of his age.

Yet your immediate reaction is "OMG WHAT AN IDIOT!" and "Oh where's your proof and transcript?"


You're the best, dude. Keep up the good work. ^5

Taco John
08-10-2010, 03:11 PM
There's something wrong with our "Justice" system that someone would potentially get 7 years for that.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 03:14 PM
There's something wrong with our "Justice" system that someone would potentially get 7 years for that.

http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/usa/Images/oj-simpson-smiling-murder-trial.jpg

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 03:22 PM
Genius, what you're neglecting to understand that it's far more likely that he misheard/misquoted by whoever gave that statement to the press considering A) it was apparently a lengthy tirade with a lot of fantastic quotes to remember and B) he's aware of his age.

Yet your immediate reaction is "OMG WHAT AN IDIOT!" and "Oh where's your proof and transcript?"

Uh oh.

I Was an Eyewitness to Flight Attendant Steven Slater's Rant on JetBlue #1052

And I gotta say, the guy made my day.

The funny thing is, I was seated on this flight yesterday -- JetBlue #1052, Pittsburgh to JFK -- next to a lady who was scared to fly. At the outset, she pulled out a rosary and started praying (that's not unusual, especially on a flight from Pittsburgh, which is a heavily Catholic city).

As we ascended, the turbulence was a bit more intense than typical, but nothing to be alarmed over. She was crossing herself and fidgeting, so I told her, "There's nothing to worry about. I've been flying multiple times a month all my life and this is normal."

She thanked me, and we got to talking a bit. I told her the same thing -- "it's totally normal"-- when we heard the bump of the wheels coming down prior to landing.

It was when we stood up to disembark -- in those annoying moments when everyone is waiting to be released from the metal can we've been packed in together -- that Steven Slater commandeered the PA system and issued his rant. I didn't take notes so the following is not exact, but a paraphrase: "F--- you! F--- all of you! I'm f------ through with this! I'VE HAD IT! I've been doing this for 28 f------ years and I can't take it anymore. And for the f----- a-----who told me to f--- off: f--- you! That's it! I'm done! F--- you all!"

At that point the older Catholic lady looked back at me and crossed herself, and I told her, "No, that is not normal."

College students sitting nearby were laughing. One of them mentioned that a flight attendant had been bleeding and speculated that that might be "the guy" who'd just engaged in the rant.

I missed Slater's inflation of the emergency chute, and didn't know until I woke up this morning about his racing home to Belle Harbor, Queens in his silver Jeep Wrangler and hopping into bed with his boyfriend (leave it to the great New York Post to get those wonderful details).

Overall, it got me to thinking: in a way it's a shame things like this don't happen more often. Let me explain: in an age when, for good reason, authorities are constantly on the alert for terrorists and mass shooters, when any highway altercation, we are warned, can escalate into a gunfight, when eighty-year-old women are forced to relinquish their knitting needles and nursing mothers their bottles of milk at airport screening because of dread of vicious acts of brutality, Americans must restrain ourselves and behave obediently at all times in public places. Current mores leave no room, no outlet, for the venting of frustrations, or for freewheeling, spontaneous behavior of any kind.

No one who would engage in deliberate violence against another person is doing so because of petty frustrations; obviously, something deeper is askew in such an individual. But what about the rest of us? The "normal" decent people who feel fed up with the lack of civility, the many little humiliations, of everyday life? People who would never dream of doing anything violent, and who--because of the actions of a few truly evil people--are prevented from expressing normal frustrations, normal anger, out of (often justified) fear that someone might "go crazy," show up packing a gun, etc.? Sometimes we need to get in someone's face and tell that jerk to f--- off. Likewise, sometimes people just need to get out of a situation, to take an escape, when doing so does not harm anyone else.

Sometimes, in other words, people need to rip off their masks of social nicety and express feelings that are normal.

I did not feel in any way threatened by Steven Slater's rant, and I didn't take it personally. I was not insulted by it, but amused. I'd rather hear a flight attendant relate to me as a human being-- "F--- you all!"-- than be on the receiving end of phony, passive aggressive politeness. So "F--- you, too, Steven Slater, you lucky Motherf-----! Hope you get a book deal out of this!"

That said, I'm glad Slater wasn't the pilot.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-robinson/i-was-an-eyewitness-to-fl_b_677274.html

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 03:30 PM
There's something wrong with our "Justice" system that someone would potentially get 7 years for that.

The slide deployed at 3,000 pounds per square inch, and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown does not seem happy. “The emergency chute deploys at 3,000 pounds per square inch within seconds and could easily injure or kill ground crews or others on the tarmac who are unaware the chute has been activated,” he says in a press release. “This would have been a far different arraignment if someone had been standing under the emergency chute when it deployed.”

http://blogs.forbes.com/taylorbuley/2010/08/10/jetblue-flight-attendant-escape-emergency-exit-slide-chute/?boxes=Homepagechannels

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 03:37 PM
Uh oh.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-robinson/i-was-an-eyewitness-to-fl_b_677274.html

So we can add illiterate to your list of mental deficiencies?

"I didn't take notes so the following is not exact, but a paraphrase"

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 03:39 PM
So we can add illiterate to your list of mental deficiencies?

"I didn't take notes so the following is not exact, but a paraphrase"

And yet she went with 28, not 20...huh, interesting. How do you 'paraphrase' a number? If I'm paraphrasing someone, I'd make sure that the number I heard was solid, or I'd make it clear--especially in a written account about it--that I didn't get the exact number. Ah well, too late to backtrack now, i suppose, rev. Onward and upward, man.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 03:43 PM
And yet she went with 28, not 20...huh, interesting. How do you 'paraphrase' a number? If I'm paraphrasing someone, I'd make sure that the number I heard was solid, or I'd make it clear--especially in a written account about it--that I didn't get the exact number. Ah well, too late to backtrack now, i suppose, rev. Onward and upward, man.

Yet if you're going on a tirade about your own life and you go to the extent of giving a specific number you'd give one that's drastically, not slightly, wrong?

Sure thing. Your version seems way more likely.

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 03:49 PM
Yet if you're going on a tirade about your own life and you go to the extent of giving a specific number you'd give one that's drastically, not slightly, wrong?

Sure thing. Your version seems way more likely.


Eyewitness at the scene: 1
The Rev: 0

Thanks for starting this thread and also for the inane pi$$ing contest. Real. Fun. Blah.

Taco John
08-10-2010, 04:08 PM
http://blogs.forbes.com/taylorbuley/2010/08/10/jetblue-flight-attendant-escape-emergency-exit-slide-chute/?boxes=Homepagechannels

That's all fine and good, except that nobody got injured, If the guy had managed to kill a grounds crewman out of the deal, I'd say throw the book at him. But since that didn't happen, I'd say threatening him with 7 years is oppressive.

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 04:08 PM
Second eye witness named Phil Catelinet in internet interview, for some reason, remembers the number 28:

Phil Catelenit, a passenger on board that flight, was online Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. ET to relate his eyewitness account of the incident.

Fairfax, Va.: What did he say over the loudspeaker?

Phil Catelinet: He said "To the passenger who called me a [expletive], [expletive] you. I've been doing this job for 28 years and I'm done. I quit." I'm paraphrasing but I remember the swear words clearly because it was so shocking to hear them on a airplane PA system.

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 04:13 PM
That's all fine and good, except that nobody got injured, If the guy had managed to kill a grounds crewman out of the deal, I'd say throw the book at him. But since that didn't happen, I'd say threatening him with 7 years is oppressive.

Yeah, I hear ya. But I'm guessing that the prosecution would liken it to imploding a building without checking if anyone was in it still. Sure, nobody died but you just got lucky; or if you see a coat in the road that looks like a person at night as you drive and you drive over it without slowing down. I'm no lawyer so I don't know if that'd meet the legal standard for criminal negligence or not.

HILife
08-10-2010, 04:15 PM
This story is great! The best part is when he took the time to grab some beers before sliding out of the plane!

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 04:25 PM
Eyewitness at the scene: 1
The Rev: 0

Thanks for starting this thread and also for the inane pi$$ing contest. Real. Fun. Blah.

That's the point jerk off. You're not supposed to take my word for it. You're only supposed to not act like an asshole to someone about something they probably didn't even say.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 04:26 PM
Second eye witness named Phil Catelinet in internet interview, for some reason, remembers the number 28:

See, now you're getting somewhere. Naturally both admit they aren't certain about the specifics, but it's pretty solid that both of them specifically mention 28

2KBack
08-10-2010, 04:43 PM
That's all fine and good, except that nobody got injured, If the guy had managed to kill a grounds crewman out of the deal, I'd say throw the book at him. But since that didn't happen, I'd say threatening him with 7 years is oppressive.

I agree. It's like if I accidentally wreck my car into a tree or something, and I'm arrested because someone could have potentially been in the way and gotten hurt.

gyldenlove
08-10-2010, 04:49 PM
http://blogs.forbes.com/taylorbuley/2010/08/10/jetblue-flight-attendant-escape-emergency-exit-slide-chute/?boxes=Homepagechannels

So anytime someone fires a gun outside they should be charged with attempted murder? a bullet is far more dangerous than a slide, and much harder to see and escape, the emergency chute is a giant orange piece of rubber inflating over a time period of a few seconds, enough time for most adults to move out of the way.

That Taylor guy should do the whole world a favour and stop publishing his assinine viewpoints and get a real job.

Smiling Assassin27
08-10-2010, 04:56 PM
So anytime someone fires a gun outside they should be charged with attempted murder? a bullet is far more dangerous than a slide, and much harder to see and escape, the emergency chute is a giant orange piece of rubber inflating over a time period of a few seconds, enough time for most adults to move out of the way.

That Taylor guy should do the whole world a favour and stop publishing his assinine viewpoints and get a real job.


Like i said, not a lawyer, but it'd seem that there should be some kind of standard to judge this guy's actions. Negligence is basically not foreseeing and so letting a certain hazard or danger occur.

Your gun example would probably depend on where outside you are shooting.

~Crash~
08-10-2010, 06:13 PM
He should have pimp-slapped the whore when she hit him with the bag. The customer should be charged with assult and battery.

yep! and they the airline should give him a raise

~Crash~
08-10-2010, 06:19 PM
all joking aside that was dumb as hell of him..

~Crash~
08-10-2010, 06:21 PM
That's all fine and good, except that nobody got injured, If the guy had managed to kill a grounds crewman out of the deal, I'd say throw the book at him. But since that didn't happen, I'd say threatening him with 7 years is oppressive.

then the thoughts of us shelling out 700 thousand to keep him in prision seems a little silly.

gunns
08-10-2010, 06:37 PM
There's something wrong with our "Justice" system that someone would potentially get 7 years for that.

That's exactly what I was thinking.

Oh how I'd love to have gone off on some of my customers.....and I've got a list for when I retire.

azbroncfan
08-10-2010, 09:20 PM
I'll just about do anything as an alternative to flying. I used to love it. Now, it's become a survival test through a brutal gauntlet of a-holes and jerks, to fly in planes jam-packed like sardine cans with a bunch of surly, miserable bastards whose only regard is their own self interest. Plus, you get massively overcharged for the miserable experience. In case nobody is old enough to have noticed, the idea of social manners in the U.S. has gone the way of the dodo. It seems that nowhere else but in taking a little plane trip do you get quite the full fragrance of the "eat-****-and-die" zeitgeist of modern America. I'm not at all surprised at this steward's actions. Sounds like he had a moment of clarity.

That's because flying used to be a only a service the wealthy could afford. It used to be considered a big deal to fly and people dressed up and wore suits when they flew. They paid for it though. Now everyone wants everything cheap as can be regardless of experience.

TheReverend
08-10-2010, 10:28 PM
That's because flying used to be a only a service the wealthy could afford. It used to be considered a big deal to fly and people dressed up and wore suits when they flew. They paid for it though. Now everyone wants everything cheap as can be regardless of experience.

You'll find airline ticket prices have increased WELL above the inflation rate along with severe cost cutting in the process. When I was little you'd get spoiled with peanuts, snacks and drinks and a flight over 3 hours came with a meal. Now, you pay for a meal, pay for a snack, when you get a drink they don't give you the can, just the cup, etc. That's not even including paying for checked baggage, etc. It's ridiculous.

ScottXray
08-10-2010, 10:55 PM
Though this is changing with the advent of inflight internet, I enjoyed the few hours in which I was completely unreachable. It's like time stands still for a few hours, even if its a bit cramped. Something calming about it.

I don't have to worry about that...my company is way to cheap to pay for in flight internet...and I don't need to check it myself that much either.

I refuse to work on flights when they make me screw up my weekend so I can be somewhere bright and early Monday....time to read , and yes I charge them DT for traveling sundays. (especially if I have to miss a Bronco game)

watermock
08-11-2010, 12:13 AM
GO POSTAL BIATCH!

Noonemade you a biatch.

azbroncfan
08-11-2010, 05:37 AM
You'll find airline ticket prices have increased WELL above the inflation rate along with severe cost cutting in the process. When I was little you'd get spoiled with peanuts, snacks and drinks and a flight over 3 hours came with a meal. Now, you pay for a meal, pay for a snack, when you get a drink they don't give you the can, just the cup, etc. That's not even including paying for checked baggage, etc. It's ridiculous.

You need to recheck that one. You paid more to fly in the 60's and 70's than you do now. There were a couple years a few years ago that tickets were pretty cheap but that was when the airlines had pretty cheap hedges before the oil prices really spiked. You can thank low cost carriers such as southwest for how airlines are ran now because all people care about is the cheapest ticket possible. You can still fly like you describe above but just like you did then you will pay for it now.