Flight attendant`s big exit was for good: JetBlue

Last Updated: Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:55

New York: Sometimes there`s no going back.
JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits
for famed flight attendant Steven Slater who captured
America`s imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker
tirade and jump down a plane`s emergency chute, beer in hand.

Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said yesterday that Slater is no
longer employed by the airline. She said the airline won`t
release further details out of respect for Slater`s privacy.

Slater`s lawyer had said he loved flying and wanted to
return to work, and Slater`s folk-hero status among tens of
thousands of online fans had led some of them to urge the
airline to keep him on.

The airline said at the time of the incident last month
that Slater was suspended pending an investigation. It told
employees in a memo that press coverage was not taking into
account how much harm can be caused by emergency slides, which
are deployed with a potentially deadly amount of force.

The former flight attendant still has to navigate the
criminal justice system. He`s been charged with criminal
mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing; his lawyer
has said a passenger`s "lack of civility" prompted his

Despite Slater`s online popularity, some passengers came
forward to criticize him as brusque and cranky throughout the
90-minute trip from Pittsburgh to New York. One passenger
portrayed Slater as the instigator, saying he cursed without
provocation at a woman who had asked about her bag.

His employment status was first reported by the NBC New
York website.


First Published: Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:55

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