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Flight Attendant Union to Slater -- We Got Your Back
8/12/2010 12:05 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
Steven Slater officially has the biggest flight attendant union on the planet in his corner -- we're told his new ally wants to give him everything from legal resources to therapy ... and he ain't even a member.A rep for the Association of Flight Attendants tells TMZ, "We want to advance the profession no matter what. Sometimes in order to do that we must help people who may not necessarily be members."
According to the rep, the AFA is prepared to provide Steven with legal assistance if he wants it -- which might be helpful because he is currently charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of criminal trespass.
FYI -- the AFA represents over 50,000 flight attendants from 22 airlines -- but JetBlue ain't one of 'em.
LOL! Yeah, an amusement park WOULD be a better choice for anyone with that problem. Maybe someone will develop an amusement park ride that ends with you sliding down a real airplane chute. That would be swell.
It could have been planned ahead of time, sure. I can see how riding the chute with beer in hand would be a fun way to quit. The arrest probably put a major damper on it though. The price he'll end up paying for it may make him realize it was much better as a fantasy, than as a reality.
Maybe he's been waiting for 20 years just for a chance to ride the chute, and this was the only way he could think of to get away with doing it. I'd recommend the thrill of an amusement park for any other flight attendants holding onto that dream. Maybe try skydiving.
Oh, no, I agree with you about the guy, and how his employment opportunities will not be nearly as plentiful after this stunt. Any money he may make from appearances will probably pay attorney fees, fines, etc. as well.
But I don't think that many people are paying so much attention to this aspect of it. The initial news story--granted, I heard it while up with my 2 y/o at 4am--was a lighthearted end-of-the-broadcast story, and was followed by that other story about the drive-thru chicken nugget rage incident. Your DH is right on; that's what people are focusing on, not the ramifications of it. I'm sure Mr. Slater is looking those in the face today and probably not smirking so much now. :-)
I don't think that this was a sudden thing where he lost it because of one customer. I get the impression that he may have been planning to quit that way for a while and was just waiting for inevitable ultra-aggravating passenger to come along to use as a catalyst. Witnesses say he wasn't angry at all - in fact he seemed happy throughout the entire intercom/slide tirade. I also don't think he was trying to stick it to his boss, or anyone for that matter. I think he was simply fed up with customer service and made an unwise yet hilarious predetermined decision to quit in a movie-like blaze of glory for the sake of feeling alive and noticed.
I have signatures turned off so that could be why I didn't see it in your post.
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