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Flight Attendant Deploys Slide, Exits Plane on Her Own

United has suspended her

(Newser) - Maybe she had some place to be? A flight attendant's unique exit from a plane at a Houston airport is all the buzz Tuesday. As video posted by Click2Houston shows, the unidentified woman deployed the emergency slide, tossed a bag to the tarmac, and then expertly slid down the... More »

Probation for Slater Over Emergency-Chute Stunt

'I'm in a better place now,' says flight attendant who ripped passenger

(Newser) - The folk hero and former flight attendant who popped off at a rude passenger then slid down the emergency chute with a beer has been sentenced to a year probation. "That was one moment, that was not indicative of who I am," said Steven Slater, who now plans... More »

What the World Watched as 2010 Unfolded

Snooki to Spillcam, here's what we gawked at

(Newser) - We stared in horror as oil gushed unchecked from BP's ruptured well for months, we might have raised a beer as Steven Slater took his epic slide down a JetBlue ramp, and we feverishly refreshed Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg took Time's Person of the Year Honors. but mostly, writes Ted... More »

Steven Slater: I Had 'a Few Sips' Before JetBlue Exit

He acknowledges his own 'bad manners' came into play

(Newser) - Steven Slater gave his first extensive interview since his dramatic exit from a JetBlue plane made him a folk hero , admitting to Larry King last night that “the perfect storm of bad manners … created this situation, including my own.” Slater describes the flight he was working... More »

Later, Slater: JetBlue Rogue Out of a Job

Surprise, surprise. No, wait: He resigned.

(Newser) - Steven Slater is officially—and somewhat unsurprisingly—among the unemployed. The beer-swilling, potty-mouthed flight attendant and JetBlue have parted ways in the wake of his epic exit off a Philly-to-New-York flight last month, the airline confirms to the AP. JetBlue, which had initially suspended Slater, said it would release no... More »

Steven Slater, Reality TV Host?

Disgruntled former flight attendant has offer on table

(Newser) - Can't get enough of former flight attendant and newly minted folk hero Steven Slater? Then this is good news: He may not be able to get his job at JetBlue back , but he has been offered a reality show. Reality TV powerhouse Stone Entertainment wants Slater to host a show... More »

Video Captures Slater's Slide Into History

Flight attendant makes getaway down emergency chute

(Newser) - The angle is terrible, but video of Steven Slater's trip down an emergency slide onto the JFK Airport tarmac and into the hearts of thousands has been released. The large vertical object covering most of the action obscures the telling details like the beers Slater grabbed from the galley before... More »

JetBlue Doubts Slater's Story: Internal Memo

Runaway flight attendant has no excuse, COO says

(Newser) - A rogue JetBlue flight attendant's explanation that an uncooperative passenger caused him to lose his mind and slide down a parked plane's emergency chute may not hold water, the airline says in an internal memo. And even if it's true, a bad day at work is no excuse for Steven... More »

We're All JetBlue Attendants Now

Shift to a service economy has left us ticked off

(Newser) - America has become a country of harassed JetBlue attendants longing to pull the emergency chute and tell everybody to go to hell, writes Peggy Noonan. Steven Slater's story has struck a chord with the public because the shift to a service economy combined with a decline in manners has left... More »

Slater Wants His Job Back

Investigators say they doubt JetBlue attendant's version of events

(Newser) - All chute-pulling, beer-grabbing indications to the contrary, Steven Slater loves the airline business and wants to continue working for JetBlue, his lawyer says. "This is a man who only cares about his industry, the airline industry," he told reporters. Slater—currently suspended from his job while JetBlue investigates... More »

Slater Was Cranky the Entire Flight: Witnesses

Slater warned airline fees were turning him into 'bag Nazi'

(Newser) - Steven Slater seemed upset all the way through the flight that will likely be his last as a JetBlue employee, according to witnesses who say they saw him bumping into passengers, slamming overhead bins shut and abruptly throwing an oxygen mask aside after a safety demonstration. "He was very... More »

Slater Was High on 'Blue Juice': Co-Workers

And Jimmy Fallon finds lost footage

(Newser) - Steven Slater was totally high on "Blue Juice" before his meltdown, say co-workers—that's "JetBlue spirit" to the uninitiated. It seems that the rager-of-the-year had previously been considered "Mr. JetBlue" by his peers, who went so far as to nominate him to be on the Inflight Values... More »

Slater: 'So Grateful' for Support

'I'm overwhelmed,' says JetBlue flight attendant

(Newser) - New folk hero flight attendant Steven Slater emerged from a New York City jail yesterday grateful for the outpouring of public support, while his proud cancer-battling mom said her boy "deserved" a meltdown. "Something about this resonated with people," Slater said as he left jail a day... More »

Runaway Flight Attendant Has HIV: Report

Judge grants bail for ex-JetBlue employee Steven Slater

(Newser) - Steven Slater, the JetBlue attendant who told a passenger to fuck off, grabbed a beer, and then fled down an emergency slide, has told police that he’s HIV positive, sources tell the New York Daily News . If that weren’t bad enough, neighbors say his mother is dying of... More »

JetBlue Flight Attendant Is Instant Hero

And to top it off, was apparently having sex when he was arrested later

(Newser) - Steven Slater, the flight attendant who blew a fuse yesterday on a JetBlue plane at JFK and took off down the emergency chute—but not before grabbing a couple of beers—is turning into a folk hero to masses of people who put up with rude customers and lie in... More »

Flight Attendant Freaks Out, Flees Plane

JetBlue employee curses out passenger, exits using emergency slide

(Newser) - A potty-mouthed passenger was the last straw for a JetBlue flight attendant who cursed out the customer on the PA system of an arriving flight at New York's JFK airport today, then deployed the emergency slide to make his getaway. Steven Slater was arrested at his home nearby and charged... More »

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