Flight Attendant Freaks Out, Flees Plane

JetBlue employee curses out passenger, exits using emergency slide
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2010 4:18 PM CDT
Updated Aug 10, 2010 5:20 AM CDT
JetBlue planes taxi on a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Aug. 23, 2008.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

(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 with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, reports the New York Post. "I can’t believe Steve’s on the run," said a neighbor. "He’s like OJ Simpson. He must have snapped."

"To the f---ing asshole that told me to f--- off, it’s been a good 28 years," Slater bellowed at a passenger who had tried to retrieve luggage while the aircraft was moving. The bag hit Slater, who asked for an apology and got a flurry of profanity, reports the New York Times. The flight, from Pittsburgh, was carrying about 100 passengers. JetBlue said in a statement, "At this time, we are working with the FAA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to investigate the incident."
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