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Watch: JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Tells All


On last night's Larry King, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater gave his first full interview since his escape chute incident. Slater describes the events leading up to the incident, 

After the plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, Slater said the passenger with the large bag -- which had to be checked as it wouldn't fit in the overhead bin -- began berating him. With the PA microphone already in hand, he said that he thanked the "respectful" passengers on board but not the woman who Slater said had called him a curse word.

Slater said he then grabbed a few beers from the beverage cart, looked outside, opened the emergency evacuation slide and slid down. He described his thoughts at the time as a combination of "pure rage" and serenity and clarity that "I didn't need to do this anymore."

"I was just thinking, 'I'm free, I'm finally free,' " he said. "It was a nice, hot beach day, and I had a couple of cold beers."

Slater is writing a book, tentatively titled "Cabin Pressure", and must pay a $10,000 fine to JetBlue for the cost of repairing the chute.

Watch three segments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I've worked in the public sector for almost 20 yrs and trust me there's been more than once where I wanted to do the same thing because of obnoxious, demanding, ridiculous, customers.

    Posted by: Zo | Oct 27, 2010 8:34:27 AM

  2. I still find it amazing that the passenger in this incident has remained anonymous. Where is 4chan when you need them?

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 27, 2010 9:19:00 AM

  3. I don't believe a word he's saying. I don't believe the incident ever happened with the bag. People on the flight would have been able to ID the mystery woman with the oversized bag, or the man he's describing could have IDed her. Then when King asks him about the widely reported quotes from a passengers saying he arrived with a cut on his head he says that's the first he's heard of it? If I've heard of it, he has—you know he and his legal team have scoured every report.

    I think he has substance issues and lost control that day. No excuse for it, not even rude passengers—which, if you listen to this version of events he's giving now, weren't even to blame. At first, we'd been led to believe this mystery lady was somehow behaving outrageously. Now, she's just fussing with her bag and getting frustrated...that happens on EVERY FLIGHT.

    And the beers he stole, he's careful to say he drank them as he walked into his door (not on the car ride home, right? RIIIIGHT).

    Why anyone would find this guy inspiring or sympathetic is beyond me. Even so, I expect his book will the tens of copies.

    (And no, I don't know why I care so much. He is just a human pet peeve of mine. Pay no attention...[waves hands toward exit].)

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Oct 27, 2010 10:51:44 AM

  4. I completely agree. The passenger who caused this incident should be named, shamed and charged with assault. My guess is, she's probably a high-flying attorney for some big law firm somewhere.

    Posted by: radiaz | Oct 27, 2010 11:18:20 AM

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