Raising a glass to classy departures

Count the Blog Break crew among those who think former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater could have handled his self-promotion to customer with a little more dignity.

In case you missed it, Slater quit his job on Monday – via the aircraft’s public address system and inflatable exit slide – after a dustup with an uncooperative passenger. He even managed to swipe some beer from the plane’s galley along the way.

The meltdown earned him immediate hero status among many people, particularly fellow flight attendants and those who have fantasized about quitting their job with a bang. Others though wisely caution would-be copycats from pulling off their own great escape. Criminal charges aside, employment experts suggest that Slater’s infamous stunt might land him on many companies’ no-hire list.

What do you think about Steven Slater? Is he a hero or an agitator? Would you want to work with him?

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4 comments Add your comment

Jennifer Pazian

August 12th, 2010
7:42 pm

He is no hero nor is he an agitator. Through stress he simplly reacted and should not go to jail over this, again where is the psg that started this. No employee should have to deal with this. Is the psg going to be charged for her part in this? I am a former flight attendant with United, retired now. If flying now, I would love to work with this young man.

Patti Holiday

August 12th, 2010
8:09 pm

I was a Flight Attendant for 18 years. I can relate to the passenger abuse. I would come home and slam my kitchen cabinet doors, and this was in the days when passengers were a special class, now it is like traveling on a bus. Yes, his departure was dramatic, but we all dream about giving the one last salute to our bosses and people we serve! I can still relate, as I am a property manager. Sometimes I think I am insane and like to be abuses. Go Slater !

sam

August 12th, 2010
9:52 pm

I like his style. Did you know he already has a theme song?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6S4E9fCHO4

Martha Impens

August 14th, 2010
12:09 pm

I don’t understand why all of the safety issues have been ignored. That chute was forcibly discharged and could have hurt or even killed someone. The guy was wrong to deploy that chute in a non-emergency. Period.