Flight Attendants have it pretty bad with irate customers, whining kids, crying babies, drunk passengers and let alone various flight delays would cause a person to lose it. This time a flight attendant goes off after a passenger assault him. From WNBC-TV/HD “News 4 New York“:
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.
A passenger attempted to remove luggage from the planes overhead storage bins. Slater asked the passenger to sit down the passenger refused and promptly read him the riot act:
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.
That’s when the flight attendant loses it:
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.
The steward was “having a bad day,” sources said.
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.
After Slater left his post on the plane he went to his home. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police caught up with him and arrested him without incident:
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.
Slater was charges with a variety of charges including 2nd and 4th degree criminal mischief,1st and 2nd reckless endangerment, 3rd degree criminal trespass; says a spokesperson for Richard Brown, Queens County(NY) District Attorney. If convicted Slater could serve 7 years in prison.
I know its not right for what flight attendant Steven Slater did. However, the passenger was in the wrong. The FAA and Port Authority Police should found the passenger who assaulted the guy. She should be prosecuted. Poor guy his career is over. Sad.