I love this guy!

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    Aug 10, 2010 8:36 AM GMT
    And when the cops went to arrest him, he was in bed with his bf. <3 I think anyone who deals with customer service can come to appreciate this because there are way too many a-holes out there.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/10/nyregion/10attendant.html?src=mv

    Fed-Up Flight Attendant Makes Sliding Exit
    By ANDY NEWMAN and RAY RIVERA
    Published: August 9, 2010

    It has been a long time since flight attendant was a glamorous job title. The hours are long. Passengers with feelings of entitlement bump up against new no-frills policies. Babies scream. Security precautions grate but must be enforced. Airlines demand lightning-quick turnarounds, so attendants herd passengers and collect trash with the grim speed of an Indy pit crew. Everyone, it seems, is in a bad mood.

    The home of Steven Slater, a JetBlue attendant, in Belle Harbor, Queens. He was arrested there after using a plane’s chute.

    On Monday, on the tarmac at Kennedy International Airport, a JetBlue attendant named Steven Slater decided he had had enough, the authorities said.

    After a dispute with a passenger who stood to fetch luggage too soon on a full flight just in from Pittsburgh, Mr. Slater, 38 and a career flight attendant, got on the public-address intercom and let loose a string of invective.

    Then, the authorities said, he pulled the lever that activates the emergency-evacuation chute and slid down, making a dramatic exit not only from the plane but, one imagines, also from his airline career.

    On his way out the door, he paused to grab a beer from the beverage cart. Then he ran to the employee parking lot and drove off, the authorities said.

    He was arrested at his home in Belle Harbor, Queens, a few miles from the airport, and charged with felony counts of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

    “When they hit that emergency chute, it drops down quickly within seconds,” a law enforcement official said. “If someone was on the ground and it came down without warning, someone could be injured or killed.”

    In a statement, JetBlue said it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to investigate the episode. “At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crew members at risk,” the company said.

    According to his online profiles, Mr. Slater has been the leader of JetBlue’s uniform redesign committee and a member of the airline’s in-flight values committee. Neighbors in California, where Mr. Slater grew up, said he had recently been caring for his dying mother, a retired flight attendant, and had done the same for his father, a pilot.

    The contretemps on Monday unfolded as JetBlue Flight 1052, a regional Embraer 190 jet, landed at Kennedy around noon — on time — with 100 passengers aboard and pulled up to the gate, said another law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

    The official offered the following account:

    One passenger stood up to retrieve belongings from the overhead compartment before the crew had given permission. Mr. Slater instructed the person to remain seated. The passenger defied him. Mr. Slater reached the passenger just as the person was pulling down the luggage, which struck Mr. Slater in the head.

    Mr. Slater asked for an apology. The passenger instead cursed at him. Mr. Slater got on the plane’s public-address system and cursed out the passenger for all to hear. Then, after declaring that 20 years in the airline industry was enough, he blurted out, “It’s been great!” He activated the inflatable evacuation slide at a service exit and left the world of flight attending behind.

    In short order, his gray two-story house on Beach 128th Street in the Rockaways, just off the ocean, was swarmed by detectives and uniformed officers from New York City and the Port Authority. “It was like there was a hostage in there,” said Curt Krakowski, who was working on the deck of a house across the street.

    Mr. Slater, Mr. Krakowski said, “had a smile on his face when the cops brought him out, like, ‘Yeah, big deal.’ ” Mr. Slater was taken to a Port Authority police building at the airport and was expected to be held overnight.

    One person familiar with the investigation said JetBlue took more than 20 minutes to notify the Port Authority police, allowing Mr. Slater time to get home. A spokesman for the airline declined to comment when asked about the delay, and a Port Authority spokesman said, “In matters of criminality, the Port Authority Police Department should be notified immediately.”

    The episode is the latest round in what is seen as an increasingly hostile relationship between airlines and passengers.

    A few weeks ago, an Air France flight attendant was arrested for stealing the wallets of first-class passengers. Last year, a Canadian singer parodied United Airlines on YouTube in a series of songs about how the airline broke his guitar.

    A new study by the International Air Transport Association found an increase in instances of disgruntled passengers and violence on planes, with the chief cause being passengers who refuse to obey safety orders. By the same token, frequent-flier blogs echo with tales of “flight attendant rage.”

    While JetBlue’s flight attendants are not unionized, a spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, Corey Caldwell, said anxieties were common on planes. “Anyone who has traveled since Sept. 11 understands that being in the cabin is stressful these days,” Ms. Caldwell said.

    The portrait of Mr. Slater that emerges from interviews with neighbors and friends and from profiles on MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn shows a man with mixed feelings about his job.

    Photographs show him in the mountains of El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico and sitting behind the wheel of a convertible. “Steven Slater has visited 22 percent of the countries in the world!” the MySpace page announces.

    Yes, and Pittsburgh, too. “Chances are I am flying 35,000 feet somewhere over the rainbow on my way to some semifabulous JetBlue Airways destination!” the MySpace page says. “Truly, some are better than others. But I am enjoying being back in the skies and seeing them all.”

    A former roommate, John Rochelle, said Mr. Slater was seldom home. When Mr. Slater was not working, Mr. Rochelle said, he was usually in Thousand Oaks, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb, caring for his sick mother.

    A neighbor there, Ron Franz, said Mr. Slater also cared for his father as he was dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mr. Franz, 72, was hard-pressed to explain Mr. Slater’s actions on Monday. “It could be the pressure of his mother’s illness, because that’s not the type of behavior or conduct that Steve exhibits,” he said. “He’s a very conscientious, responsible individual.”

    But a former flight attendant, Janet Bavasso, who lives next door to Mr. Slater in Queens, found nothing mysterious at all.

    “Enough is enough — good for him,” Ms. Bavasso said. “If he would have called me, I would have picked him up.”
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    Aug 10, 2010 9:30 AM GMT
    He had to grab a beer first before he left LOL
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    Aug 10, 2010 10:07 AM GMT
    ...and people wonder why I don't even wanna fly for the airlines.
    I'll settle for a lower wage and less stress any day.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 10, 2010 10:21 AM GMT
    Give that man a Medal

    How Dare they ...... he was on the JetBlue Flight attendants uniform redesigning committee for Crissakes icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 10, 2010 12:55 PM GMT
    lol this story is so firggin badass! i can see it playing out in my head just perfectly with the hairflips and such
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Aug 10, 2010 12:57 PM GMT
    Read the article in www.dailymail.co.uk with pictures he is a hero!
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    Aug 10, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    BodrumBoy saidRead the article in www.dailymail.co.uk with pictures he is a hero!


    thanks for the link, thats exactly what i pictured him to look like, his bf is kinda cute too...
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    Aug 10, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    Though one might say that he is in service industry where customer is always right no matter what icon_rolleyes.gif, I have seen some people flying who think flight attendants are their personal servants. Hopefully he got the much needed release he was looking for.
  • KepaArg

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    Aug 10, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    lol! I didn´ t think this was a true story at first. I work in the same field as this guy, but i doubt id have such a dramatic exit.
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    Aug 10, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    Now that would be a tough act to follow! I see a movie!
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    Aug 10, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    Ok, this made my day! He is certainly now my own folk hero and I will sing his praises far & wide. The two things that made this event even better was his grabbing a beer before he evacuated the plane, then going home to hop into bed with his man! F post- 9/11 air travel and the unwashed masses that make it even worse! Personally, I give Slater props for not back handing the shrew after she hit him in the head...
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    Aug 10, 2010 5:03 PM GMT
    BRAVO!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 10, 2010 5:05 PM GMT
    thats my kinda man!

    lol

    work it gurl!
  • solak

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    Aug 10, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    work that pussy!

    this guy owns... i hate idiots who rush up to grab their luggage once the plane stops..

    its like uhmmm where are you going.. you have to stand an extra 10 minutes for the doors to open, etc.. looking like a fool holding your luggage with nowhere to go..

    pure idiots
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    Aug 10, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    The general public can be quite mean and nasty! Good for him!!! That passenger should have to apologize on tv for all the world to witness. Giving everyone else the understanding to abide by the rules and get to where they are going without problems! I hope they bar that person from flying any airline.
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    Aug 10, 2010 5:56 PM GMT
    United Airlines sucks! Just had to say it.
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    Why is he being celebrated as a hero? He obviously didn't think through the situation and now will have a criminal record. Why would you throw away years of professionalism at an instant due to a single passenger? Personally, I think it was far too excessive. Nothing to celebrate here. Next....
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    The only thing that would make this story better is hearing the audio of his 'fuck you' to the prick passenger and seeing the video of him sliding down the chute, beers in hand. icon_lol.gif

    Most people are on his side simply because they too are fed up with asshats running around treating people like shit for simply trying to do their job. I dont blame him one bit--he reached his breaking point and couldnt take anymore. And he did the one thing that so many of us would love to do--said to hell with it, and made a grand, dramatic exit. Go Steve!
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    waxon said
    BodrumBoy saidRead the article in www.dailymail.co.uk with pictures he is a hero!


    thanks for the link, thats exactly what i pictured him to look like, his bf is kinda cute too...



    Where do you see his bf?
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    I'm glad I'm not the only one laughing at this story, The Onion wishes it had thought of this.

    I wonder what his "reason for leaving" will be on his next job resume?
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    Aug 10, 2010 8:09 PM GMT
    I almost feel a little guilty that I feel a story like this kind of uplifting. As someone who has worked retail, I do not have much tolerance for people who cannot treat service people with courtesy and respect, unless of course the employee started off with rudeness towards the customer. Recently my bf and I were at the grand opening of one of these massive, super size grocery stores. It was the second day the store had been open and lines were long at the check out. After waiting for a long time and almost to the front the old lady in front of me had handed the cashier a stack of coupons. Somehow at the end of the order the cashier mistakenly missed one of them. The old lady paid and then stood there scanning her receipt. She then says "Young lady you missed one of my coupons. You owe me 40 cents." Thanks to modern technology the cashier apologized and explained to lady that she only needed the receipt back and could call the order back up and she could give her the change. "No!" the old lady screamed, "Now I want you to pick that phone up and call your manager here. He needs to hear how you are short changing people." The cashier was polite and picked up the phone and did call someone. But standing there I thought to myself, well she works here so she has to be polite, but I certainly do not. So I said to the old bag. "You bitch. She made a mistake. It is the second day this place has been open. Everyone here is new. The lines are half way to the back to the store. Now I want you to hand her that receipt so she can give you your 40 cents!' Of course in another one of my finer moments, my boyfriend steps in and cuts me off before I can say anything else. I leave the store joyful over my accomplishment and my boyfriend leaves red faced and embarrassed.
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    Aug 10, 2010 11:10 PM GMT

    While it is outrageous I'm glad no one was killed or hurt

    I agree with JetBlue:
    http://tmz.vo.llnwd.net/o28/newsdesk/tmz_documents/0810_jetblue_TMZ_WM.pdf

    Those slides are pretty heavy and could have killed somebody underneath or someone could have fallen from the open cabin door.

    marcobruno197 is correct.

    It is not easy working with the public added to the fact I'm sure flight attendants don't even make a lot of money for all the hard work they do day in and day out.
    That someone would disobey a flight attendant and curse him out like that passenger did is totally unnecessary. He should have asked the captain to call security and have the passenger detained for "accidentally" hitting him.
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    Aug 10, 2010 11:25 PM GMT
    I really feel bad for this dude. He lost it. It's hard as hell to maintain your composure when people treat you like shit all day long. At some point, somethings got to give, and he snapped.
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    Aug 10, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    Swimbikerun makes several good points. He could have endangered other innocent people with his thoughtless acts; moreover the smarter maneuver would have been to call security.

    And for all of you who are hailing him as a hero or feeling sorry for him, compare him to the West Point girl who just withdrew recently in protest of DADT. Her actions were graceful. This guy is just a putz.

    There a millions of people who on a daily basis deal with nasty customers for low pay--customer service agents, bill collectors, teachers, etc.--and not all of them go off the deep end. Professionalism is professionalism.
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    Aug 10, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    Wait a minute---this cop strapping him into the van has full sleeve tattoos. I think I've seen this scene in a porn video once...

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