Reality show offers pour in for Steven Slater
August 16th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

Reality show offers pour in for Steven Slater

Steven Slater, the flight attendant who slid from an airplane to fame last week, now employs the services of one of Hollywood's top public relations representatives.

Howard Bragman, Chairman of media and public relations agency Fifteen Minutes, confirmed to CNN that he is now representing Slater and will help him assess offers to appear in proposed television programs inspired by Slater's dramatic exit from a JetBlue plane at New York's Kennedy Airport after he cursed a passenger over the public address system and deployed the emergency slide.

"There are probably 25 reality show offers on the table at this point," said Bragman. "There are dozens of e-mails and offers to this guy."

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown charged Mr. Slater with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, felonies that could land him in prison for as much as seven years.

"The first job is to get through the criminal charges," said Mr. Bragman, adding that he would handle Slater's publicity judiciously. "It's got to be done in a dignified way; it's got to respect the criminal charges and it's got to deal with the realities of what's going on."

Stone and Company Entertainment, a leading producer of reality television programs, is among those expressing interest in a program with Slater, Bragman said. Stone and Company did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.

Though Slater's fame may be fleeting, Bragman said he was in no rush to strike deals for the career flight attendant. "We're going to sort through it. This is a marathon, not a sprint," he said.

On Thursday, Slater's court-appointed lawyer claimed the flight attendant was not interested in cashing in on his celebrity.

"Steven is not trying to capitalize on this," said Howard Turman, an attorney with The Legal Aid Society. "There have been suggestions of a number of propositions. Steven's intent is to maintain a quiet and return to as much of a normal life as he can."

Turman also told the media Slater hoped to hold on to his job with JetBlue.

JetBlue removed Slater from duty last Monday following the incident. The airline has been conducting an internal investigation and says it has tried to contact the flight attendant.

"We have reached out to Mr. Slater. We're waiting for him to call us back," said spokesperson Jenny Dervin.

soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. seth

    ok this guy had a bad day i know for a fact unless ur a saint which nobody is or ever will be its impossable to be perfect because we dont know what perfect is so all u ppl judging slater for what he did you should all be ashamed what happened to humanity did u all just say f this we dont wanna try to understand what others go through in life i will just cosentrate on what im doing and when someone dose something bad i will judge them. Anyway the point is leave the dude alone let him deal with the cosequences of his actions and but out in my eyes he did wrong but that is life how elce are we supposed to learn if we dont f up now and then and @pilot ur a fing genious dude ur right all u ppl dissing this slater guy take 1 month out of the year and take care of 400-600 people and their kids everyday feeding them and doing anything they ask you no matter how rude they are and tell me u can handle it yall need a little respect we should be trying to help this guy not judge him what he dose he dose has nothing to do with us find ur humanity

    August 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pilot

    I flew rich people around and let me tell you there is no glamour to it. This guy snapped because he fly’s poor people around who think their rich. When the boss “Yell’s” at you to go out and kneel down beside the limo and keep his wife happy (while he is telling a story of spending money and drinking yet another drink) you want to smack him with the bottle he poured it from. I couldn’t tell you how many times I wanted to just fly the plane upside down, spill the drink on his rich ass. Just to let him know his life really was in my hands. The rich really have no respect for Pilot’s. This guy has to put up with people who don’t even speak proper English, everyday, all day. It’s not one flight and done! Depending on the run it’s five to six round trip flights per day. That comes out to keeping 400 to 600 (or more) people happy per day. Not counting the 45 minute flip (Clean-up, re-stock, etc. for the next taxi and take off…….Think about it! Not just once a day, but all day…..trying to be the happy, happy flight attendant……….God Bless them

    August 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave, in CA

    Here is an actual example of someone flaming out at work place. So far he has not caused any harm to anyone. But from all the unkind words he has faced here in these comments, it clearly shows a lot of people have no respect and empathy for the unfortunate. Remember the character that Michael Douglas played in the movie 'Falling Down' and his interaction with those geezers trying to hit him with golf balls just because he was crossing their greens? If those idiots showed some empathy and consideration, things could have turn out much better for both sides. Remember that, when next time one of these jerks pushed some unstable guy to the point of going postal, we could be one of the bystanders, no matter who we blame, by then we are all F****d.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. angie

    slater is a very stupid guy, just because he was having a bad dauy does not mean he can just cause trouble. he could have seriously hurt someone, and now he is being offered a tv show. if people think that this is un-safe or un-fair they may start doing some of the same things and they could turn out to be serious problems. slater should not go to jail but should have a fine or community service of some sort. people should not be rewarded for doing stupid things. say a young child was passing by when he jumped, they could have been taken out by the wind and thrown down the slide, gotten serously hurt, and then slater would have been chared with danger the well-fair of a child. before you do something stupid you should think about your actions before actually pursuing them.

    August 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sigmund

    Initially I was more sympathic to this guy. Now it seems there was no rude passenger, just a unpleasant and possibly drunk flight attendant. To my knowledge, none of the passengers on the plane have supported his story. If he lied to Federal investigators about what happened, then he is going to be in even more trouble.

    Despite the publicity, there is not much that is unique or original about what he did. I have seen waiters and waitresses blow up at their customers. I saw a waitress dump a pitcher of water on the head of someone she claimed was rude. The main difference with a wait staffer blowing up is that the job is not Federally regulated. So the worst that can happen is the staffer gets fired (I suppose that pouring a pitcher of water on someone is technically assault but I doubt that anyone would push for that unless the customer was also hit by the pitcher). There is little publicity unless it were to happen at a famous restaurant. Many other people have stomped out of their jobs cursing everybody in sight. This is not original at all.

    I like Jet Blue but if they were to hire him back I would hesitate to fly it in the future. Assuming he gets off fairly lightly (which I still think should happen even though he does deserve some punishment), he probably has much better opportunities now on reality TV or, if he is capable, in writing a blog or some other type of column.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dawn Kennedy

    Not only are dealing with the public, they are dealing with the company rules such as being on call for 12-18 years, 3-4 paycuts which we didn't signup for and 12-15 hour minium working days, we get paid until the wheels move, don't get paid for boarding, dealing wheelchairs or thru pax or do we get paid to be at the airport 1 hour prior to departure. Give FLIGHT ATTENDANTS A BREAK!!!! There is so much that you don't now that our companies put us through....really. Steve will make change within the F/a industry no matter what...reality show or no show...PEOPLE..RESPECT YOUR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, B/C SOMETIMES....WE HAVE A BAD DAY TOO...IT'S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT YOU, it's about everybody! We deal with 500 plus people a day on the airplane and people don't follow rules that are required....CELL PHONES ON CAN CAUSE A HUGE FINE...LIKE $2,000B PER PAX, CUT OFF YOUR PHONE...we FLIGHT ATTENDANT'S ARE JUST DOING OUR JOB AND WHEN THE PUBLIC DON'T FOLLOW, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT CAN GET FINED by the FAA...just repect please!

    August 17, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Redeye Dog

    The name for the reality show should be, "Twisted America."

    August 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. scoop

    I am sick of people doing things that are wrong on so many levels, getting away with it and then making money off it. Whats society coming to when people make money off stupidity and spilt coffee. There should be a law that prevents them from cashing in.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Truth22

    This is sad, what have we become, when people can act a mess and still be rewarded for it. I guess that's how we made the Kardashians' one of the most famous families. SAD!!!

    August 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    I love the way people here are saying there wasn't any danger. Yes there was. That inflatable slide deploys with enough force that it would have killed members of the ground crew if it would have hit them. Well, then you say it didn't hit them. I don't care. We still arrest and prosecute drunk drivers even though they didn't hit and kill anyone. It's because the potential for harm is there. That's why it's a wreckless endangerment charge. And you can top all the "passenger should be prosecuted talk" on top of it as well. The time passed for that when Mr. Slater decided to be unprofessional and do his little tirade. He was the person that would have pressed the charges. If the passenger wasn't obeying flight attendant instruction, he could have had her picked up at the gates on federal charges, but he didn't. He thought he would try to be funny. He did nothing more than to show what is wrong with customer service in today's work place. I don't care how belligerent a customer gets, there are avenues of professionalism that you can take. If someone is cursing you out in the store, you can advise them that you aren't going to serve them and they need to leave, if they refuse, call the cops and have them tresspassed. If you work phone customer service like I do, I warn them if they don't stop yelling or cursing at me, I will release the line, if they persist, I hang up. Our lines are recorded and my bosses agree that we don't have to take verbal abuse. If you are a flight attendant, there are many rules following 9-11 that help make your job easier, you just have to use them. I've heard of many passengers being escorted from planes by federal employees. Stop treating this guy like some sort of hero, because he isn't. He's a spoiled brat.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott is right on

      Exactly Scott, all those that believe some irate passenger would be allowed to basically assault an crew member and not be charged is silly. there really was no confrontation and this little coward made it all up for the pub great post.. PS new numbers on the slide re-deploy cost on Tv said 27K, and having the jet out of service caused more costs to bring another to the gate about another 5K maybe all his fans will voluntarily repay it for him as a new airline fee..little Tool

      August 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redeye Dog

      @Scott-The list goes on. The potential dangers only begin on the ground. As an employee of an airline, a huge trust and confidence is placed on the attendant to make rational decisions in times of great stress. What could have happened if this scenario played itself out during flight? The same attendant has access to things which may have injured people or worse? Luggage "allegedly" triggered it this time. Someone passing gas could have set him off! We don't know, but that is why the incident cannot be judged just by "what happened." The entire potential of what "could have happened" must be considered. This guy was a walking, ticking, time bomb. We should only reward him with access to behavioral management healthcare. He is NO hero! He should be prosecuted, not rewarded with his own reality television series!

      August 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zak

    stoooooopiddddddd. tv offers because hes a maniac? YOWZA

    August 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ally

    This situation would only be funny in a comedy movie where risk and serious repercussions don't apply. In that way the story is enjoyable. But in real life this doesn't work and is very irresponsible. I can relate to wanting to show rude people a lesson, but Slater chose the wrong way to do it and he chose his actions without much deliberation. I'm sure had he given more thought, he would have made a better and less rash decision.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Just proof that the media caters to attention wh0res. My guess is that Paris Hilton has more talent than this idiot. Hell, Pam Anderson's boobs have more talent. His agent better work fast. This guy is literally yesterday's news already and if his agent waits too long, they'll likely find that his real "15 minutes" was the inital rant, grab a brewski and slide away event.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Just Rox

    Only in America do we promote bad behavior. Way to go! I'm going to get into some trouble now so I can become famous and have my own reality show, book deals, and more.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. goober

    All I want is for the passenger to be charged.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Mr. Slater has to charge her, because he is the one she "allegedly" hit. News from other passengers are coming in that he has the gash on his forehead from when they left Pittsburgh, and not from the altercation at the gate in New York. I believe he hasn't come forward to press charges, because customers from the flight would have to come forward and testify and the story may not come out exactly how he stated it happened. And that it may be he had a testy day, she argued with him, and it hurt his wittle feewings. And like the Drama Queen you can tell he is, went overboard. Because he could have still done his tirade and walked out the gate, instead of deploying the slide, endangering the lives of the ground crew.

      August 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. shane

    damn....anybody can get a reality show these days!!! let me put on some highheels and shove my foot up a Walmart's managers azz!!! i wonder how famous i will become???

    August 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  17. John

    Want in the HELL did this guy do too race too have a TV show,have the TV network gone nuts. It just as bad as giving the hillbilly out of Alaska two of them.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Law and Order

    What he did was wrong and if he doesn't do jail time it will set a dangerous precedent for other attention seeking misfits.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Chuck

    I say if the man was feeling stressed out and had some vacation time, he should have "gutted" out the rest of the day and took some time off.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Shocking

    What is this world coming to? An idiot has a tantrum and walks off the job, breaks the law, and now he gets offers for TV? The value system is rapidly deteriorating.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Bilgewater

    Notice how when he had no job, he was a folk hero, and 99.9% of comments were supportive of him. Now that he might cash in on his 15 minutes of fame and become more successful than the rest of us, we don't like him that much anymore, and there are many more negative comments! Gotta love America!

    August 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  22. evrgreen

    What kind of criminal charges? The man was assaulted!! There's just so much you can take. The passenger should be accused of assault and for causing emotional disctress...

    August 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Joe, San Diego

    Why do these producers swear by these reality shows... just because Slater gets facebook hits doesn't mean he should have his own reality show, movie or book deal... saddened to say the entertainment level much like the education level has dropped terribly and the creativity coming from Hollywood is nothing more than dulls-ville galore!
    So a woman murdering her 2 children should get her own reality show to help pay her living-mystery, the straight guy that dances at a gay bar should get his own reality show- fascinating, the fast food worker that mixed up peoples orders should have her own reality show- humour... plan stupidity!

    August 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bilgewater


      You're under the false impression that the purpose of TV entertainment and news is to entertain and inform us. No. Their purpose has been, for the last few decades at least, to sell US (the product) to advertisers. They do this by guaranteeing a certain number of "eyes on product" during hit shows (look at the Super Bowl for example). Why do you think there are even more commercials than ever? Why do you think they make these reality shows (because they're dirt cheap and the talent is basically "free" compared to real actors). Do you really think TV networks are sitting there trying to give us quality entertainment? TV does not exist for our sake. We exist for TV's sell ad space for networks so they can make a profit. Wake up!

      August 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  24. troy

    Regardless of whether or not his anger outburst was warranted, in no way should disruptive and illegal behavior be rewarded. Period. Offering this guy fame and wealth via television for what he did is a horrible idea and sends the wrong message to off-centered people who can really do society damage, expecing to be rewarded for doing so.

    You can debate whether or no the guy had the right to get angry all day, if you want. However, rewarding belligerence is wrong, immoral, and irresponsible, and there is no debate to that.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jen

    As someone who worked quite a bit in customer service (DisneyWorld, Target, and more) I can say its HUGELY HUGELY tempting to go off on a guest. We used to joke about quitting in some elaborate manner, that would surely be hilarious to all of our coworkers and garnered some attention. Granted, none of the jobs I had probably would've put someone in possible danger, which this idiot did/could've done. But did we ever? NO. Why? Because it's childish and stupid, plain and simple. And now we're rewarding such behavior. And don't pander to me about how stressful his job is; he'd been working it for years, and he knew how bad it was. If you hate your job that much, either get another one or suck it up. Its what the rest of us do. The attention he is getting from this is appalling

    August 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Steve

    Amazing that this guy is being hailed as a hero. His stunt was a very expensive one. Is he going to pay the airline for the cost of deploying the slide? The guy should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He is no hero.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rodney


    August 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  28. JIm

    It never fails to amaze me that in America, we pay our service workers very little yet expect them to be "professional" as if we were paying them hundreds of dollars an hour as we do to lawyers and doctors.
    Mr. Slater should be punished and JetBlue would not be wrong to fire him, but if media wish to pay him for entertainment value, then that is their business.
    BTW, the passenger's name should be revealed as this is a democratic society and there should not be any secrets.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ant from Maryland

    Are we this desperate in this country? Why would anyone who did what this guy did want to give him the ability to appear on television?

    The reason simply is because we are a very DUMB nation who has lost our sense of values in this country. Don't worry, I won't be watching!

    August 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Coke

    Hey, I got a whacky idea...if this guy DOES get a reality show, how about we don't watch it? It'll be easier not to watch if it's on a second rate cable network like TruTV. I guarantee you half the people saying "why is this idiot getting a reality show?" will watch the show he's featured on.

    Jeez, that guy Sullenberger or whatever, the Hudson River pilot, did an unbelivably heroic and, frankly, ballsy thing and he never tried to deliberately profit from it. He was just doing his job. Suck it up, mr. Slater. Jobs like yours may suck but money doesn't grow on trees, and you have to work for a living. Then again, hollywood is trying to grow several money trees for him...

    August 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Nick B.

    Alright, I'm going to put in my two cents, even though from the looks of it, I'm going to get butchered(sp). Very few of the 'fans' of this incident are fans of the *actual* flight attendant. They're fans of an employee standing up and just saying enough is enough. Now I don't know any of the non-main-stream facts of the story, and I don't need to. I honestly think that the airline, JetBlue (yah I know so much about this story that I had to scroll up to find the airlines name.) is just trying to cover their ass for the employee they *allowed* to get this unruley.

    Like I said, I don't need to know all the facts. It's not the facts I applaud. It's the idea that some one in a position they apparently hated, quit, and added a little show to it. Now does that mean I'm gonna go to my amazingly terrible job at Auntie Annes, suit up in the pretzel mascot, and run out of the Stratosphere Hotel/Casino that my store is in screaming bloody mary and cause a huge scene? Of course not! I don't have the balls, nor the need for a record. To see some one do this type of act relieves me of the stresses I get every day that I work. It shows me, even if it *was* completely faked, that I can push through all the trash I deal with and keep my job going!

    All in all, I will watch the reality show. I kind of look at it like a new "boiling point", and I look forward to watching it. It's a way for me to release my anger from my work without hurting any one, and without losing my job!

    August 17, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • thanks For Nothing

      Well you're the reason that TV Networks get away with producing reality crap for pennies on the dollar when scripted shows with plots and writers are going away. just stop watching the freaky dregs of society and reacting inappropriately at work like 98 percent of us and we can get some real entertainment back that is not on HBO CINE etc

      August 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Krow

    Wow. TV offers. Mission accomplished.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  33. Alex

    We are a nation of idiots that routinely reward bad behavior

    August 17, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  34. jj

    Deploying the slide is dangerous? It could be, if someone was out there. But you can't fire the slide unless the door is open. And if you were outside, you would have likely noticed the door opening.
    This guy will never get his job back. There are too many trained people out of work. But I hope he gets a reality show.
    (and I can picture what was in his mind as he slid. By the end of the slide, he was in a tux, and someone was handing him a martini... his entrance to an exclusive soirée! 'Hey everybody – look who's here!')

    August 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  35. Patricia A Lewis

    I just don't think its fair to compare him to ballon boys dad, the moron that tried to crash the White House or any of them. This man let people treat him like crap for 20+ years before he had a melt down. He said he is not interest in a reality show. However , if I knew that I was not going to be hired by any other air line doing what I like to do. They wouldn't have to ask me, I would be asking them. By the way he was trying to serve and protect thats why he told the lady to sit down. She is the one that started all the trouble.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  36. Mark

    Yes, here we go again: rewarding inappropriate behavior with offers of fame and fortune. I just don't get it. This guy is an example of unprofessional behavior at it's very worst. I cannot imagine how stressful it must be doing what flight attendatns do day in and day out. But nothing excuses what took place. Absolutely nothing. Jet Blue prides itself on it's customer care so it will be very interesting to see the outcome of all of this.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  37. Alex

    Remember the parents of "Balloon Boy"? They ended up doing time for their resource-wasting, people-endangering crimes.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  38. enoughis

    This is exactly what is wrong with this society. This guy could have seriously injured someone. Luckily he didn't. However, we're going to reward him, just the same, by creating another ridiculous tv show.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  39. Chris

    If this guy were a woman he would have been much more widely and readily called "unstable," "troubled," "hysterical," "unattractive," "overweight," "too loud," etc. If he were African American he would have been considered dangerous and/or uppity (though the latter word wouldn't be used directly). The fact that he is a gay man (still married but with a boyfriend) and has temporarily become something of a folk hero is somewhat interesting. But the important fact is that our media and citizenry tend to celebrate and lionize abusive, aggressive men and, on the whole, silence, demean, and caricature women and minorities.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  40. dave 28

    I can see the intro to his show – it would be so cool – have him sliding down a chute with a beer in both hands, smiling real big , and have the narrator saying at the same time in a very enthusiastic voice " It's the Steven Slater show !!!!! "

    August 17, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  41. Alex

    Put this fat, obnoxious, narcisstic flight attendant in jail for committing a crime and engdangering the lives of the passengers it was his jot to serve and protect!

    August 17, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  42. stupidity

    This is stupidity this needs no media coverage or any attention.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  43. keith

    That's it. I'm throwing my TV in the garbage.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Not a bad idea Keith.
      It is amazing that shows like jersey shore and soooo many others get high ratings.
      C'mon people – Grow up.

      August 17, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  44. john

    Why, why, why???????????????????
    I'm already sick and tired of this guy-– GEEZ why do we have a sick society???????????????????

    August 17, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |

    .If all the prissy little drama queens threw hissy fits all at once, most airlines and businesses in SF and NY would shut down immediately. Thank God THET took their Pamprin before going to work. I don't believe, there was any real confrontation and he made it all up and planned it as well We'll see how it goes in court. What a pansy!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |

    We need to STOP rewarding BAD behavior in this country NOW!!!

    Damn the fools, the crooks, the vulgar, sleazy folks who see to be getting rich and famous off of boorish behavior! We are long gone as a society and well over the proverbial CLIFF!!!


    August 17, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  47. Keith in NJ

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please say it isn't so. this is more of the dumbing down of america. He had his 15 minutes. why are we so interested in this junk? No more reality tv.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  48. tim

    as long as people still watch the show, it still gonna be in business.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  49. Steve R

    JASON Stop admonishing people not to judge Jason, that's basically what blogs are about. I have a different take on this. You contend and say that he did not plan on doing this when he woke up that morning. I disagree. I believe it will be shown through the investigation that he both discussed this in advance with others, and completely planned the grandiose exit and escape. He drank more and that could prove he was covering earlier drinking before boarding, another career ending felony and abuse of responsibility. In any event the cost, danger and horrible example he cast on his profession, in addition to the poor example he set for youngsters on the flight make it a deplorable work related display, perhaps the worst ever reported in the airline industry short of unstable pilots crashing planes (Yes it's happened) He struggled with a uniformed captain, and showed a complete lack of respect for his team. We get your take, and most disagree, but if it is shown it was all a planned stunt like balloon boy's dads, does it change your opinion? Should you perhaps not prejudge the situation and continue admonishing them for expressing themselves..After all thats all stevie was doing, right?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  50. NJOkie

    How about this. Slater get's his show. Conan O'Brien comes out as the Emcee, only to be told by NBC that Jay Leno is replacing him during the first commercial break. Conan goes bonkers, runs up into the balcony, opens the back door, activates his emergency chute and sales into history! Meanwhile the Clydesdales bring Slater a fresh six pack of Bud,
    Leno goes Jaywalking and Fox News reports that President Obama can't decide whether building another Mosque at the foot of the jetway is really in the best interests of our country.......fade to black! Promo next week's exciting eposide where a hostess on a cross country Greyhound bus gets upset when someone's token won't register in the machine. She throws open the door, inflates her handy chute and dives out, forgetting the bus is still traveling at 60 mph. Film at 11.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  51. maggie

    "We have reached out to Mr. Slater. We're waiting for him to call us back," said spokesperson Jenny Dervin." Are you kidding, Jet Blue? show some guts and fire his butt!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  52. 300Cooper

    Sooo what would the show even be about??...would it just show him on planes getting in fights with people? or him finding rediculous ways to quit jobs? either way im sure it would be better than that Jersey Shore crap....

    August 17, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  53. Maggie

    Yes, Slater can now join the new community of freaks who get a reality show because well, they are freaks. Wonder if he and Balloon Boy's dad have anything in common?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  54. b757guy

    The United States is the only country in the world where this guy would get this much attention. The American obsession with fame and celebrity, and the desire to make money over anything else never ceases to amaze me.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  55. 1Houligan

    Here we go again. Bad behavior being rewarded. I think I'm going to throw up.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  56. Peter

    Really? 25 offers? Has TV really gotten this stupid? Life as a producer must be so easy, you sit around and wait for someone to make an ass of themselves in public, then follow them around with a camera hoping that they do it again. But the part that really blows my mind is that enough people will watch him and his otherwise meaningless existance to keep him on TV for a while. PULL THE PLUG ON REALITY TV

    August 17, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  57. Apple

    I tell you, the advantages of being whit.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  58. b

    I wonder if the theme song will be "take this job and shove it"

    Great idea, do something morinic , get on news, land a reality show

    Life is going to get wierd now

    August 17, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  59. Stephanie

    I like him, I like his style. Finally someone stands up to the small minority of really rude people on airplanes that make traveling hell for the normal people who don't bring a suitcase on the plane and then stand up and take it out while the plane is moving. That is where the REAL danger is. Having a bag fall on your head while a plane is rolling down the runway is much more likely to hurt us than a slide. The passenger should be in jail.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      Would that compare to the larger marjority of really rude flight attendants and ground personnel? What do you suppose passengers should do about that? Stage a revolt at the airport? Throw rocks at surly ticket agents to take a stand? Beat up the customer service agent who can't find your lost bag because your airline has left you stranded for the third time in a row? You're assuming that only flight attendants are the aggrieved here. You might want to go to the FAA's website and see just how angry the flying public is at you, your colleagues and your airline.

      August 17, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • What

      Steph U are clueless, the slide comes off at explosive force and can kill, the CEO himself said so on their website. It's a major breach, and it costs 20k to redeploy. the airline may also be fined up to 50K for that incident. If it was proven there was no confrontation who should pay? you like his style?? SHEESH not running into anybody of substance lately, huh

      August 17, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  60. Dave

    Besides the fact that we don't need another freakin' reality show, there has to be a point in our society where we stop awarding people for being stupid! I'm sick and tired of people without any talent whatsoever having reality shows while millions of talented people languish in obscurity. It used to be you had to be able to do something to get rewarded, but in our fame obsessed society we reward any and all idiots. No wonder we have so many serial killers.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  61. Bill

    I wonder if he was'nt gay how many offers he would have gotten. He's an idiot that got drunk before work and lost it.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  62. Bulloch

    I am almost hoping for an earthquake or a fire or anything big enough to put this loser out of the headlines. Just because he's an immature little girl doesn't mean he deserves anything more than his walking papers. Airline passengers can be a pain but someone tell me how this idiot's actions were any better than those of the unruly passenger?

    August 17, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  63. Enitan

    Still Proud to be an American?

    His behavior and the subsequent reward says it all!!

    Stunned to find myself a part of this society. Psycho gets rewarded, doing what could have kill someone. "WOW"

    Whomever watches whatever he will be peddling, needs to have mental evaluation as well.

    This i still can't fathom is happening. 'WOW" again.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  64. Yvette

    This entire incident sends a very conflicting message to youth. Bad behavior is suppose to be rewarded!!!! Why in the world is this happening? How are parents to explain this misbehavior? There are more pressing issues in our cities, states and our nation. Lets make a big deal out of hunger, joblessness and homelessness...
    This is why I refuse to watch reality tv... God bless America and God bless those in Hollywood who view this misbehavior as a money magnet.
    Alabama Mom

    August 17, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  65. arnold james

    just wait and watch the faa fry this limp wristed loser he wont be laughing when he sees his fine !

    August 17, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  66. Millie Bea


    August 17, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  67. HR

    ... and the sad thing is there are people in this country that would watch and support a stupid show like that.
    Yes, the passenger on the plane was an idiot and should have to face some consequences. Yes, he could be commended
    for taking a "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" stand. .. now nothing else justifies him being in the public eye.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  68. N

    Folk hero or not, a Steven Slater reality series is completely unnecessary.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  69. cmj

    It truly amazes me that when a white person does something like this the white race treats a negative as a positive. If this would have been a black man conducting his behavior like this, he would have been arrested, have to wait a long time for a hearing and would have been given a harsh punishment at the trial and definitely would not be given a reality show. People wake up and not being so prejudice!!

    August 17, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  70. ybs -- Palo Alto, CA

    At first, I was supportive of this flight attendant [Steven Slater], but I'd retract it if facts prove that he is not providing the best customer service; and there are unflattering comments from other passengers!

    August 17, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  71. TONY


    August 17, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  72. Arrest His Assaulter

    Arrest the broad that assaulted him. Give her name and photo. If he has to be subjected to media for losing it, she should be subjected to it for assault of an airline employee during taxi. Fine her, jail her, make her pick up the full airsick bags. Do something.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  73. JRK

    Of course he gets a reality show offer- this is America, would we expect any less? Just like the Salahi's of the Real Housewives of DC, the lesson here is "break the law, get rewarded with a TV show."

    August 17, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  74. Patricia A Lewis

    From what I read the whole problem started because the woman would not sit down as instructed so if you want to get angry at someone it should be her. If we didn't live in a me me me world, she would have sat down and waited like everyone else had to do. Who gave her the right to curse the man out just for doing his job. I wish him all the luck in the world no-matter what he decides. I would think if he has been doing this for 20+ years, he probably knew what he was doing.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg the keg

      I think the pro Slater supporters are failing to realize that there was multiple witness accounts that he was acting rude the entire flight and actually had the bump on his head when they boarded in Pittsburgh. Passengers stated that he served them while bleeding and made snotty comments when they inquired about his cut. This guy has some very serious issues. To reward him with a reality show is simply taking advantage of a deranged individual for profits. He is no hero – and I'm sure he'd be the first to admit it.

      August 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  75. KOberle

    Quit rewarding this idiot! The last time i checked, deciding not to do your job in a professional manner results in you getting fired. Anyone who supports this fool needs a good smack to realign your senses. Grow up.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  76. Keeruh

    What I thought I had read previously was that they were on the tarmac, and had anyone like the luggage people been out there, they could have been seriously hurt or killed. (Keep in mind, I know practically nothing about the layout of an airport. lol)

    Watch him get 1 year probation at the most because a lot of people are amused by the story. I think we're not getting all the information, which will likely come out around the time of the trial.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  77. swimtiger

    Let me guess....every episode he has a different job..and at the end of each show...he quits his job..and slides down his own inflatable chute. TV Networks must be outsourcing again for these lame-brain ideas.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  78. PAPilot

    I don't think people should be allowed to profit from their criminal behavior. I hope that, upon his conviction, the judge will bar him accepting any money for the story rights or TV offers.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  79. tpod

    ...hmm. why is it 'you people?' seems to be this slater fella is the one who's in the news, not "Americans." AN american did something stupid - so what? first since when is that newsworthy? second, tell me one day of one year that NO ONE in ANY other country did something stupid. i'm listening....yeah. didn't think so. and thirdly, if you don't want him in the news, and don't want him on the television, and think he shouldn't get compensation for his ridiculous behavior, then do yourselves a favor - don't click on the "news" links, don't search his name, and CERTAINLY don't watch his show.


    August 17, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  80. Dan

    Oh great. We can watch him have another hissy fit every week.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  81. Arrest His Assaulter

    Come on, Jet Blue gave everyone on board a $100.00 voucher, even the woman that assaulted him. I believe there's a law about assaulting airline employees. Where is an air marshall when you need one. Jet Blue rewarded the broad that injured their employee. Arrest the broad!!! Come on FAA, arrest the BROAD!!!

    August 17, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  82. Dean

    All of these reality shows send the same message to the viewing public. Do you want to be rich and famous? Do something outrageous! Deploy an emergency escape slide on a moving aircraft filled with passengers! Crash a party at the White House and make the Secret Service spent countless man-hours and tax dollars trying to figure out how you did it! Tell the cops that your kid is stuck in a runaway hot air balloon when he's actually not! Give birth to eight babies simultaneously even though you collect welfare to support the six kids you already have! Become a governor and a vice-presidential candidate, then resign abruptly because you're concerned about "family welfare"! Reality TV producers are some of the most socially irresponsible people ever! In the shallow and fame-hungry culture we live in today, everyone wants to make their names and fortunes in Hollywood, and they're willing to throw their pride and dignity out the window in order to do it.

    August 17, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  83. Darlene Sanders

    Is it me or did steven slater was on whose wedding is it anyway? The commitment episode with jeffery bloom as the events planner. His name picture andepisode is no longer on the shows website coincident?

    August 17, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  84. maddawg

    how PATHETICALLY pathetic.

    you lemmings will clamor over ANYTHING new and shiney!!'s just some dork quitting a job.....HELLO??!!?? is there anybody home in there??

    August 17, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  85. Dave

    Oh great!! Just what we need is a flaming drama queen with his own show now!! I'm gay and I can't stand flaming queens so what makes you think straight people can??

    August 17, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Dave

      Self-hatred is not an uncommon thing, Dave.
      Maybe a little therapy would help you out.

      August 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Niko

    Interesting views. My two cents, if this story was about any of us and our sudden "exit" from a job and we suddenly had our 15 min and offers to make a bunch of cash........lets be honest, 95% of us would take it. I know I would.

    August 17, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  87. Gregory Mantell

    You got to love America and our high-quality television!

    August 17, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  88. enrique

    Like I said the day this news story first broke: I do hope this isn't the balloon family all over again. I can imagine this guy planning the fight with the passenger –maybe and old pal– just to cash in...

    August 17, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  89. Sherri

    @ Frank A........on the money.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  90. Mary, California

    You miss the point, he is a funny, attractive, gay guy who did something defiant in style. America loves this kind of thing and would love to see a reality tv show with this guy and his partner in every day life. Personally, I want to see him host a show about travel or be a critic of some sort. He could become an activist or anything he wants to be, the message is "You got our attention" and nothing more, what he choses to do next will determine if he is worthy of a second look.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  91. Frank A

    Strangely, I think the fact that he took a beer or two is the only reason he is being hailed as some sort of folk hero. If he had quit the exact same way but not stolen the beers before he left the plane on the slide maybe more people would be seeing him for the jerk that he is right after it happened.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  92. cricri

    I cant believe how cruel this country is !!
    no wonder the world hates us..this guy had a moment of ....I cant take it anymore and... DID not endanger any life..

    come on people. be lucid.. I dont approve his pulling the emergency chute ..but ..he did it out of total misery..with a gash on his head.. by an unruly passenger...

    this country is supposedly full of mercy ,full of churches of all demonimations..!! where are you ? I have not seen any brotherhood..

    remember the Civil War people...where thousands and thousand of your own people were slaughtered . by YOU..
    .. its not so far away in your ancestry.. brothers ..!!!

    August 17, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Ditto

      CriCri. You are backing up a whiney little snot nosed brat. So you are saying that if a police officer for example has a bad day of high stress and un ruly suspects and citisens then they can take out there club or tazer gun and go to town? Or better yet just shoot them and be done with the whole thing? I know people do stupid things but you are justifying him as it was OK for him to lash out because he had a bad day. But if a police man, fire fighter, or military personel did that they would not even have the chance to speak. But this guy gets praise for his stupid actions. This is why he is in the spotlight and has reality tv offers. Because people like you justify his stupidity as OK. So if your going to complain about how bad people are and why this country is so bad...hate to point it to you but your one of them. No one should get off the hook for doing something stupid. We all have high stress in our jobs and personal lives but we don't through baby tantrums and slide down inflatable slides with beers because someone ticked us off.

      August 17, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  93. John Wyatt

    Nobody but the media thought this guy was a working class hero. everyone else shook their heads at another fool who doesn't realize he's never gonna find a decent job again. better pick a reality tv offer, as that's the only industry that's left for him

    August 17, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  94. Dave

    Is it just me? or does he have a face, you could never get tired of punching?

    August 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  95. daniel

    thank goodness i gave up on teevee years ago.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Naco

    TV is the bastion of morons. This is just one example. Saw Km and Khloie on the Tv at the gym yesterday. Validated my decision to CUT the CABLE.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |


    August 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  98. John Eline

    I think everyone is missing the real issue here. Passengers are not permitted to get out of their seats for ANY reason while the plane is taxiing to the gate. This is a federal regulation and airline employees must strictly enforce it. The fact that the female passenger stood up while the plane was moving on the ground and opened the overhead storage bin to retrieve her belongings was wrong and the flight attendent was correct in asking her to sit down. As usual, some people are always in a big hurry and don't want to follow the rules. Quite frankly, if I had been the flight attendent, I would have been upset too.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  99. ditto

    This is rediculous. This guy throws a baby fit on an air plane then he goes begging for his job back. Now he is possibly going to be in a reality tv series?? This is the stupidest thing I have heard. I have worked in Law Enforcement and also as a computer representative and we got hit worse and called worse names than he did. And I don't see them giving me a reality tv show. If they want to give someone a reality TV series they should get the heroic pilot that saved his entire crew and passengers when he had to land in the Hudson river after a bird damaged his plane. Enough with giving this baby Slater praise for being a complete idiot.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Reality What?

    This guy definitely deserves to be with the Snooki's and Situation's of the world. Another Bozo for reality tv.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  101. blah

    This sums up what America today has become...a nation of complete idiots

    August 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Tag

    What is happening to this Country?

    August 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  103. KBinMN

    No wonder American culture is at such low ebb. Have an alcoholic temper tantrum and bingo; you’re the next contestant on the Price is Right!

    August 16, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  104. desisbuddy

    How wonderfully perfect! Reward a mentally & emotionally-deficient person, with criminal charges pending, with television time.

    And, I LOVE the term "reality show." Is there a greater example of conflicting terminology? "Reality" suggests "real." There is NOTHING "real" about "reality shows, and every right-thinking person knows it. The cr*p that passes for entertainment on TV is precisely that – CR*P! As soon as one turns on the camera, all reality disappears, and every right-thinking person knows it.

    How sad for our society, when a defective person is rewarded for their defects with public exposure and money. Clearly, the U.S. is the butt of many jokes around the globe – because of the tripe that pours onto the television air waves. A country that spits out scores of this kind of "entertainment" cannot be great – only greatly disturbing and laughable!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Art

    It took him 20 years to snap. I don't think I could last that long as a flight attendant.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Igor

    People, if you think you will be next to become some reality show star, please don't do anything stupid in the line of your duty. It does not always have happy ending.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Michael

    Why does our society reward bad behavior?
    And what ever happened to people with actual TALENT being offered TV shows?

    August 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  108. JetJock

    The solution to American problems... Reality show! Everyone wants to be famous, you people have some serious issues.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  109. casper

    ok WOW this can not be, nor should be, at all.
    i think i will go to work and do the same there.
    this is not right at all. morally wrong.
    and as a hero or god like where are your screws.
    MG at stop with him, he's a waste.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Enitan

    I migrated to this country about 32 years ago, during those years, i have heard and seen so many off the curve behaviors, but this tops them all.

    Its the most absurd thing i have ever seen in my adult life. To think the whole world is reading about his impending notoriety. What a butt of joke they think of this society. America the great. Almighty dollar at work again. How sick do they think we are?

    August 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Garry Joseph

    I've donated $1000.00 to this guy's legal defense fund.
    He's not only a hero, HE'S GOD.

    August 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |


    August 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  113. MP

    I was initially kind of amused when I heard about the Slater's incident, but this kind of reward for tantrum throwing just shows how dumb this contry is getting.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Stevenri

    This is beyond ridiculous and sends the wrong message. I am sure people would be thinking differently if the emergency chute hit an unsuspecting worker on the tarmac (and no his visibility through the aircraft window was not sufficient). Giving him a reality show will be an embarrassment. Hopefully the judge presiding on his case will prevent him from making any money from his pathetic outburst.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  115. sgill

    hey people,
    regardless of it was a "hissy-fit" or if he was hit in the head or whatever the situation was... he is supposed to be a professional and is there primarily for the safety of the passengers. How can he ensure the safety of the passengers if he's on the tarmac? Doesn't matter if you sympathize with him or not. He broke the rules. He COULD have hurt someone on the ground. He caused the airline to take the plane out of service until they could repack and certify the slide. He loses. End of story.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  116. jurby

    what i don't understand is how his 'story' could possibly be made into movie. a movie about what??? all he did was yell at people and bailed from a plane on an escape slide. that'll be a VERY short movie! and what's with the folk hero bs? the guy's no folk hero. i believe what the passengers say over what this guy says/said. he's couldn't keep his temper in check and became a drama queen. why has he become a media darling? i don't get it. hopefully he doesn't get his job back!

    August 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Igor

      say... in the beginning of the movie the main character finds out that he is a russian spy. So, he has few beers and jump from emergency shute... then he tries to assasinate russian president... and so on

      August 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Robert

    I hope this criminal gets the maximum sentence for his outburst.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Ichi


    August 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Superman

    A few blowhards have gone on TV saying he could have injured or killed a member of the ground crew. They ost likely have never seen an emergency slide deploy. First, the door is open and you can clearly see if anyone is in the way. Second, it's not a violent act. Even if someone were truck by it, they would get knocked over at worst.

    August 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Joe

    I KNEW IT. The day he got arrested I commented on CNN that this guy was going to end up with his own reality show.

    August 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Mtka

    If you walk off your job you deserve to be fired, not rewarded with a reality show. And what would the show be about. Stupid things you should not do?

    August 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Denizen Kate

    I agree with Enitan. Right now, many idiots (and you know they're everywhere) are out there trying to come up with some stupid stunt that will get them enough notariety for a TV contract, with absolutely no thought about possible dire consequences to themselves or others. Reality TV is an oxymoron. As long as we keep watching, they'll keep pumping it out.

    August 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Blood Will Be Shed

    This flamer had a hissy fit, and now he's famous. As a society, it's not a good sign. Any one that is interested in a show featuring this tool needs to get a life

    August 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  124. missjuju

    And in other news, the sun has risen today.

    Seriously, who didn't expect this?

    August 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Enitan

    Only in America will someone acted badly and still be rewarded, with fame and fortune

    What a society!! and what a joke and a mockery of law and order.

    Here come the copy cat. Anyone still wonder why we have so many many, many Psychs?? This is your answer.

    August 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  126. kazz

    Slater 2012!

    August 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Billy

    How about a reality show, "Bending over with Stevie the Stew" where we watch him enjoy the attention of his friendly inmates in prison for a few seasons. Squirmy little tool dillweed.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Steve R

    Rochelle, Only through sheer luck was no one's life in danger. the door which deploys with the force of a 120 MPH head on crash just missed some ground workers, they are visible in the video. He fought with the captain before abandoning his career. Reality TV is the only place for him, not serving others in a position of responsibility. Typical childish immature response from one with no responsibility for the consequences of their actions, you must be like lil stevie

    August 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Steve.. Yet, how do we treat these "people with responsibilities"?? It really is no secret that airline employees are often treated with much disrespect. Kind of like the other "people with responsibilities" like teachers, police officers, etc. It's true that the situation could of been handled better, however... this is the real world. And people act like the human beings that they are. I'm sure that when he got up for work that day, he didn't think to himself, "I'm going to blow up on a passenger, and jump out of the plane." Please do not be so quick to judge, as in life these things happen.

      August 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sreve R

      JASON Stop admonishing people not to judge Jason, that's basically what blogs are about. I have a different take on this. You contend and say that he did not plan on doing this when he woke up that morning. I disagree. I believe it will be shown through the investigation that he both discussed this in advance with others, and completely planned the grandiose exit and escape. He drank more and that could prove he was covering earlier drinking before boarding, another career ending felony and abuse of responsibility. In any event the cost, danger and horrible example he cast on his profession, in addition to the poor example he set for youngsters on the flight make it a deplorable work related display, perhaps the worst ever reported in the airline industry short of unstable pilots crashing planes (Yes it's happened) He struggled with a uniformed captain, and showed a complete lack of respect for his team. We get your take, and most disagree, but if it is shown it was all a planned stunt like balloon boy's dads, does it change your opinion? Should you perhaps not prejudge the situation and continue admonishing them for expressing themselves..After all thats all stevie was doing, right?

      August 17, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  129. Steve Johnson

    Hey everyone, I was planning to graduate high school, work hard in college, and hopefully someday go to med school, but then I decided, "why work so hard?" So I dropped out of high school, am getting thirty girls pregnant, and hoping to get my own reality show about raising all of my kids across the US.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |

      This is appauling. I agree with you Steve. Why bother doing something with your life when all you have to do is pull off a big hissy fit and get a reality show? Please bring Armageddon now.

      August 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lala

      I honestly have never blogged or posted anything ever on the net, but your comment i happened to stumble on, and it 's freakin' hilarious! I am at work and i started laughing really loud. Thankfully it is the end of the day and there aren't many people in the office at the moment. anyhow, just had to say something. You're funny.

      August 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      And for goddsakes, Steve, DON'T FORGET THE BALLOON!!

      August 17, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  130. Rochelle

    @Thomas ones life was in danger, lol! I've never seen so many people upset at another persons actions, especially being they didn't directly affect you, lol!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Are you sure about that? Do you know for a fact that he made sure there was no one outside the plane, on the ground, that could be struck by the deployed slide and injured? Think much?

      August 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • paulbark

      If someone shoots a gun into a crowd, that's a bad thing, and I'd criticize it, even if I weren't in the crowd.

      August 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      On the contrary, deploying the emergency slide is EXTREMELY dangerous to anybody who may be outside. The slide is an extremely heavy object that deploys at a blinding rate of speed. If somebody had been standing just outside the door, either on a jetway or a stairs truck, they could have been blown backwards, crushed or even beheaded. Picture a several hundred pound airbag hitting you full force and tell me that wouldn't do some damage.

      August 17, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      And of course, Rochelle LOL's because it is all she can do because she totally missed the point.

      August 17, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  131. Thomas H.

    He had a temper tantrum that put peoples safety at risk and he might make money off of this??!! Remind me to get cranky next time I'm in line at the supermarket and pull the fire alarm. Could be a big payday for me too.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I wouldn't call it a temper tantrum. Let's not be hasty to judge here. Airlines employees I'm sure go through a lot of stress through the day, and also please remember that they are cramped in the plane too, along with all the other stressed passengers. However the difference is, they are there everyday as it is their job. It got to the boiling point when someone hit him with their luggage and did not even bother to apologize. I can see how this happened.

      August 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Adams

      I'd love to know what kind of "danger" affected the users of the plane... Wasn't the plane in the tarmac, in a gate when this passager went unruly and attacked this man enought to get him to quit that dramatically?

      August 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • NM

      "Dramatic Exit" would be a great name for the reality show!!!!

      August 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      I love how people don't cover the whole issue. This could have been worse seeing that the passenger hit him. Noone is talking about that. There are many evil people in this world and she should be charged! There was no danger they were at the gate.

      August 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzie

      Why is it no one has questioned/called on it/or even named the person who started the whole thing by refusing to sit down and then hitting him with the overhead luggage ... Jet Blue, stand by your employee.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      – @ John Adams –

      No, the plane wasn't IN the tarmac – they'd be dead if it were.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Is this what the world is coming to??? Some idiot does something stupid and gets offered reality shows???? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME????? he is a moron pure and simple, if he couldnt handle his job then he should have quit and let one of the thousands of unemployed people get it. HE IS AN IDIOT PURE AND SIMPLE. I DONT CARE WHAT ANY OF YOU SAY.

      August 17, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Kana

      @John Adams – and if you turn the situation around and make it a passenger that grabbed the P\A mic and made the announcment and than grabbed some beer and deployed the emergancy gear. this story would have been about a "crazed" passenger who would likely have been charged wth a federal offence. But because it was an out of control flight atendant, his behavior is acceptable.

      August 17, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • stephanie

      I am guessing if someone called you a mothereffer and hit you on the head with a suitcase you would do more than get cranky. Maybe you would call the police, which is what he should have done.

      August 17, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Maximus

      – Is it then ok to shoot my gun in my backyard so long as I believe that it is safe to do so ?
      – Imagine everyone now doing this ...imagine every flight steward jumping down the ramp after a bad day
      – Will there be anyone on the ground that may get hit by an exploding air-bag of a slide ?

      It's called a "maxim". Read about it. It's what drives the study of ethics.
      While Slater's exit was dramatic and enjoyable for all of us, as we all wish to do something like this, it is highly illegal.

      Imagine a luggage crew member got hit or a fuel truck was driving by, swerved, tipped over and blew up. What would you think then?

      Mr Slater got lucky. He wont be lucky in court as this is what the judge will be thinking.

      August 17, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      Yes, and to Jason's point, a passenger has been flying all day or all week, puts up with airline delays, filthy planes, crying kids and the occassionally rude flight attendants until the last one says something complete innocuous but sets you off and you belt the flight attendant. Yeah, I can see that happening. ARE YOU KIDDING? If you can't stand the heat in the kitchen, get out. We all have jobs that stress us out and people, whether colleagues, bosses or customers who add to that stress. Acting out is not an acceptable alternative.

      August 17, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      The new show could very well be called "Forced Rear Entry". A regular schmo dramatically quits his job, ends up in jail and has to deal with sweaty criminals.

      August 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yum

      It would have been funnier if he killed that person.

      August 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      It wasn't a temper was a hissy fit.

      August 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Oh comeon! He didn't pull a firearm. He told a passenger to sit down while the plane was still in motion, the idiot passenger hit him on the head with his baggage (Hence the bruise on his forehead probably) and then proceded to call the flight attendant names. I think this fllight attendant had had enough and just did what everyone else DREAMS of doing.
      Who was in danger? He opened the door and let the slide down...took a beer and left. He didn't hurt anyone. Nor was anyone in danger according to Jet Blue themselves. Bottom line, maybe customers should stop acting like jerks and treat their servers with a little more respect and nothing like this will ever happen again. I applaud the dude. I hope he gets zillions of offers.

      August 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • CoolerBuzz

      Damnn this guy is gonna be rich also people i would like you to checkout my website all the entertaiment and more at

      August 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy J.

      Hey Maximus. You are sooo right. He got sooooo lucky. When he threw down his luggage, it could've also knocked a baggage worker's ear protectors off, causing his equillibrium to get out of whack, and he may have stumbled into the pathway of another jet and got run over too – causing the pilot to commit suicide. Very likely! The odds of someone being killed from this guy's antics gotta be in the millions to one.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |

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