For the Global Thinker

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fed Up Flight Attendant Makes Sliding Exit

After 20 years as a respected flight attendant, Steven Slater had learned to be calm when dealing with rude passengers.

But that was until one flyer snubbed his plea to sit down during landing and snarled: "F*** off."

Mr Slater told passengers to remain seated upon landing. But when a passenger started collecting her belongings from the overhead bin, disregarding the instructions, Mr Slater tried to stop her but was hit in the head by the baggage and became irate.

As the plane touched down, Slater went berserk and yelled through the tannoy at her: "To the motherf***** who just told me to f*** off, f*** you. I've been in this business 20 years. And that's it, I'm done."

Passengers looked on in astonishment and the first officer tried to restrain him. But Slater ripped off his tie, grabbed a beer and launched the emergency exit chute. He then slid down, calmly walked to his Jeep in the staff car park and drove home. (Awesome!!)

Passenger Phil Catelinet revealed: "He was smiling. He was happy he'done this." Another added: "He said he had a bad day and this passenger had set him off. I thought it was a crazy way to quit."

Slater, 39, is apparently highly regarded by airline bosses and is a member of the in-flight values committee. But nothing could stop him from...

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