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August 10th, 2010
10:39 AM ET
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    Keep seeing the constant coverage of this incident with the primary focus on Mr. Slater, what about the actions of the passenger?
    Being a veteran (30 years) in the airline industry the traveling public can very disrespectful and obnoxious. While working for an airline was wonderful I would never again work in a public contact position, not for any amount of money.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  2. Jon

    We all get taken away by anger from time to time. What Slater did was taking it one step to far. He decided what job to take. It looked like someone was waiting outside the plane – was this set up?

    August 11, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  3. Tutt

    I wonder what would've happened if Steven Slater had been on the ground instead of in the air? This country is obsessed with turning certain people into "heroes" whether they deserve it or not – it's like "Monkey see, monkey do" and "Follow the leader" in mainstream America with people not thinking for themselves.

    CNN appears to be glorifying this incident but, Steven Slater actually fits the "most likely to commit workplace violence" profile – white, male, pent-up resentments, angry & bent on making other people suffer because he's "suffering", etc. Just reminds me of how mindless the majority are but would the same people who are cheering this guy on be laughing and cheering if the news was about the number of people he killed?

    Steven Slater is not a hero – photos of him smirking after his release from jail show he got the attention he thinks he "deserves" & he would've gotten it one way or the other.

    I'm amazed by the growing mindlessness and superficiality that has overtaken this country..

    August 11, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  4. Don Straub-Euclid, Ohio

    Kiran and John were right when they commented on the behavior of Steven Slater. They said that his actions were simply wrong. I totally agree. Slater was in a position of service to the plane's passengers. What he did, exploding and using profanity, then exiting in an unorthodox manner, is not to be emulated.
    We all have moments when we'd love to lose control, but we must be able to contain our emotions. What if we grew upset at a crying baby and took out our frustration by striking the child? Or, striking out at our marriage partner during a dispute?
    A cool head and an even temper are important to maintaining a strong and proper society.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  5. Dianne

    I heard his interview this morning and did not agree with him. I have seen passengers call flight attendants derogatory racial names, derogatory gender name calling and bully them. I often wonder why the airlines allow their employees to be treated as such. In a department store, fast food restaurant, or anywhere these rude and hostile people would be arrested. I have seen both men and women be rude to the flight attendants. Southwest Airlines seem to be the only airline that stands with employees.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  6. solvaybearcat

    i have flown with jetblue airlines in the past and i do believe that gentleman was a flight attendent on board. he seemed to be a very ni
    ce person and did his job well. it seems to me that the woman passenger involved in this altercation seems to be at fault. she was asked to sit down ?. well by not heeding the advice she could have caused the injury or worse to others. good thing i wasnt there . i would have interviened and told her sit down. JET BLUE YOUR GETTING RID OF THE WRONG PERSON. JUST TO MAKE A BUCK AND ALLOW THIS PERSON TO FLY WITH YOU AGAIN. HIRE BACK THAT FLIGHT ATTENDENT. HE HAS PERSONAL ISSUES IN HIS LIFE THAT ARE HARD TO FACE.

    August 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  7. Joe

    Sounds to me like the flight attendant was a victim of a hate crime and assaulted in the process causing head injury and possibly concussion. Who has the passenger no been named? The passenger should he charged with a hate crime and arrested also.

    August 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm |