I guess one could interpret it that way since he didn't utter the words "I quit", but it seems to me that his actions spoke those words for him. It reminds me of people that commit "suicide by cop". Rather than kill themselves, they force the police to take deadly action against them. Rather than quit, this guy is practically forcing his employers to fire him. Plus there is no way that he'll ever be able to list them as a job reference and he's famous nationwide for losing it on the job, which after 28 years of working for one employer probably leaves him with a bit of a conundrum if he's job-seeking after this.
I would have loved to have been on that flight to see it all, though, LOL.
Given his seniority, it's possible that his salary may have fallen somewhere in the top 25% ($49,910 - $65,350).
From the Occupational Outlook Handbook:"Median annual wages of flight attendants were $35,930 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,420 and $49,910. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $65,350."
I'm not saying that he did earn that much, just that it's easily within the realm of possibility.
I think he is a folk hero right now and for the next 15 minutes. That is the point. He put it to the man (Jet Blue) who is rich and powerful and he is being idolized by common people - everybody who wishes that they had the balls to tell their boss or a rude customer off.
Most common people can't because they will get fired, have to hire a lawyer, etc.
The way I see it is he did not do his job 1 time out of 28 years of experience. I have been a manager for over 10 years and I have had staff snap on coworkers, customer, etc. If it is a pattern their gone but if they have been a faithful employee I don't ax them the way JetBlue
Announcing over the PA system that one is quitting, stealing from one's employer and damaging property to the tune of $25,000 on the way out the door doesn't constitute quitting one's job???
It doesn't if you are an NFL football player.
And they have not officially said he was fired either.
Again, people have gone on to work at other jobs even after things they have done in the past.
What kind of salary do flight attendants make?
Flight Attendant income varies from airline to airline. The pay ranges from about $13.00-$40.00 per flight hour or more. Most airlines have in place a monthly guarantee which ranges between 65-80 flight hours. The Flight Attendant is paid the guarantee whether he/she actually works those hours or not. Most new hire flight attendants will earn between $16,000-23,000 and may eventually earn up to $75,000 per year. Actual pay per hour is dependent upon years of service and any special qualifications the Flight Attendant may have on board the aircraft. Flight Attendants also receive a special per diem for each hour spent away from home. This per diem is in place to cover meals and other expenses. With each year of service comes an increase in salary.