Steven Slater Wants His Job Back: JetBlue Incident Update

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On August 9, 2010, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater caused a stir and immediately became a media darling after a dramatic exit on the emergency slide on Monday. According to Mr. Slater’s story, he got into a dispute with a passenger who was trying to retrieve his belongings from the overhead compartment refused to remain seated. Mr. Slater reached the passenger just as he was pulling down the luggage, which struck Mr. Slater in the head.

Mr. Slater asked for an apology, the passenger didn’t want to give it and instead started cursing on him. Mr. Slater then got on the plane’s public address system and announced for one and all to hear that he has had enough with his job. After which he pulled the lever that activates the emergency-evacuation chute and slid down, making a dramatic exit from the plane but also from his airline career.

Later that day, at his home in Queens, he was arrested and charged with felony counts of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

On august 11, 2010, Slater was released on the $2,500 bail, and was given a surprise of his life by all the attention he was apparently getting. Overnight, the JetBlue flight attendant became an unlikely folk hero. Since Monday, Slater has been riding a wave of praise as a working man’s hero pushed to his limit. After a few days, he has hundreds of thousands of fans, T-shirt sales, and even his own legal fund.

Unfortunately, some of the passengers who were witness to what transpired on Monday vehemently deny Slater’s accounting of what truly happened. Law enforcement officials say that they’ve interviewed 70 percent of the passengers “have yet to corroborate any of (Slater’s) story.”

And the kick? Slater wants his job back!

According to his lawyer, Steven hopes to return to being a flight attendance very soon — because it’s what he loves and it’s “in his blood.” JetBlue hasn’t fired him but has removed Slater from duty pending an investigation.

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