In praise of Steven Slater

Steven Slater is the Jet Blue flight attendant who, when faced with a passenger who stood up too soon after landing, a passenger who insisted on getting his luggage while the plane was still moving, told him to stop doing so. The passenger did not, swore at Mr. Slater and then cracked him on the head while getting said luggage down.

And where we must praise Mr. Slater is in his reaction to these events. Mad as hell just about does it.

For what he did was take to the intercom and roundly cuss out (in suitably florid language) the errant passenger, flip the switch to drop the escape slide and, pausing only to pick up a beer from the service trolley, slide down the chute, walk to his car and drive home.

There really are times when the only suitable reaction is \”Fuck you and the horse you rode in on\”.

So, for Mr. Steven Slater, soon to be an unemployed ex-Jet Blue flight attendant, this is for you.



*Standing ovation*

Well done Sir!

15 thoughts on “In praise of Steven Slater”

  1. The poor chap was betrayed decades ago when the airlines decided not to police their “rules” about passenger behaviour, carry-on luggage and so on. And, I’d like to know, why didn’t his colleagues join him in decking the tit with the luggage and giving him a good kicking. They couild always allege afterwards that he said
    “Allah Akhbar”.

  2. Err…well done? He certainly exited with an amusing exhibitionistic swagger, but he sounds emotionally incontinent, rather juvenile and distinctly unprofessional to me.

  3. Julia,

    Is that actually likely, or just one of those health and safety arguments the controlling classes like to grasp for?

    I will assume you’re not suggesting he filled out a risk assessment first.

  4. I don’t see how trying to enforce some petty rule (whether or not it’s a good rule) makes you some Howard Beale I’m-not-gonna-take-it-any-more-type hero. You could just as easily turn it around and say “Well done” to the passenger for standing up to some officious, authoritarian prick (not that I agree with that way of looking at it either).

  5. What the hell are you talking about, Malpas?

    It was a great exit, sure, but basically all it was was a sky queen quitting his crappy job in a huff.

  6. The slide could have been sucked into an engine (even if the plane was stationary, the engines would have been spooling down). It seems like a distinctly stupid thing to do and precisely the sort of behaviour I would not want in someone working near me in a pressurised aluminium tube.

    I have long since accepted the abject stupidity of my fellow passengers, on the other hand, and can’t imagine getting excited by any of their actions any more.

  7. About 20 years ago an escape slide accidentally went off in a BA aircraft in a hangar. An engineer standing nearby was thrown some considerable distance and ended up paralysed.

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is why the pilot says “Cabin crew- doors to manual” just before stopping the aircraft- so that an aircraft that’s not in service has all its doors in the safe condition.

    Having an escape slide set up to do a big WALLOP to anyone who opens the door from outside is a risk that’s only justified when the aircraft is in use.

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