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04/19/2007


Watch: RNC References Steven Slater in Obama Escape Chute Ad

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A new ad from the Republican National Committee depicts Democrats as JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, opting for the emergency slide when faced with a fundraising visit from Obama.

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NYMag notes that the ad is unusually "hip" to current events for the GOP.

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Report: JetBlue Escapee Steven Slater Offered Reality Show

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It was/is inevitable:

"According to well-placed industry sources ... Stone Entertainment -- a powerhouse in the reality TVworld -- is going after Slater to host a show in which various disgruntled workers quit their jobs in extravagant ways. But reality TV is a fickle thing ... if Slater's story turns out to be a big hoax -- which we're thinkin' is the case -- the offer could disappear as fast as it came. Still, we're told Slater's lawyer has received the offer."

Watch surveillance video of Slater's hasty exit from the JetBlue flight, AFTER THE JUMP...

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All About Steve: A Big Round-up on JetBlue's Rebel Flight Attendant

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Steven Slater wants to return to the skies: "Steven Slater's attorney, Howard Turman, said at a news conference Thursday outside his client's home that flying 'is in his blood.' Turman says the 38-year-old airline veteran is a likable man who enjoys people and did his job properly. Slater briefly thanked all the people who had sent him support and love since his Monday meltdown aboard a JetBlue Airways Corp. flight."

StevenSlaterDivorce-1-1 And Slater is married to a woman he married as a teen.

A passenger on Steven Slater's JetBlue fight is saying he instigated the conflict:

"Ms. Briskin said the seemingly normal conversation turned unexpectedly nasty when Mr. Slater blurted out an expletive to the passenger. 'I didn't think she was rude in the least,' said Ms. Briskin, who was visiting the city for the first time. 'It really blew my mind. It was so inappropriate.'"

The Association of Flight Attendants is standing behind Slater:

"'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 defense 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."

The NY Post writes about Slater's hatred of oversize carry-on luggage, and those who carry it on:

"The JetBlue flight attendant who flipped out after his plane landed at JFK and then escaped using the emergency chute is a self-professed 'bag Nazi' who was furious over a passenger's oversized luggage, authorities said yesterday. 'I hate to be a bag Nazi when I work a flight, but I feel if I am not, then I am letting down all those who cooperate and try to help out as well,' fussy flight attendant Steven Slater wrote several months ago on Airliners.net, an aviation Web site on which he uses the handle 'skyliner747.'"

The NYT notes that Slater had been planning his escape in his head for a long time:

“For 20 years, I thought about it. But you never think you’re going to do it.”

Oriol Gutierrez looks at the media's disclosure of Slater's HIV status.

Heather Robinson was an eyewitness to the Slater incident.

Slide_slaterThe company that manufactures the slides that Slater escaped on was very happy with his exit:

"TMZ has learned the people at Goodrich -- who manufacture the inflatable emergency evacuation slide for the JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190 plane -- tell us they're 'pleased' with the way the slide performed during Slater's infamous moment. A rep for the company tells us the slide 'functioned properly ... just like it was designed to.' As for Slater's technique -- Goodrich says, 'From what we can tell, he did things exactly the way he was supposed to ... with the exception of throwing his luggage down the slide.'"

The Hollywood Reporter wonders how far Slater can stretch his 15 minutes of fame:

"Michael Priem, CEO of USDM.net -- an agency that works with U.S. and international airlines, Hilton and others -- said he has brought up the Slater story in meetings and expects travel and tourism marketing firms to react to it, whether by referencing the case directly or drawing indirect lessons from it. He can see any service company benefitting from a campaign that uses Slater as a spokesman. 'He could show how painful it is to be in the wait line for a cell phone carrier or sit at a service center that frustrates us,' Priem said. Joseph Jaffe, a consulting on new marketing, had a Hollywood comparison for the flight attendant. "Steve Slater is the modern-day equivalent of Charles Bronson in 'Death Wish' -- except, of course, there's no artillery, bloodshed or permanent damage in this particular example of brand vigilantism," he said. 'I'd recommend JetBlue gets behind him. They have the kind of brand personality and authentic self-assuredness to use this as a perfect opportunity to demonstrate purpose and conviction. And if not, then I'd recommend one of their competitors snapped him up.' Angela Farrell, an accountant at marketing firm MSCO, reminded that 'American Idol' seems to be in need of a new controversial host/hero, and Scott Cromer, partner and managing director of creative agency Mutt Industries said, 'The whole thing feels like a John Hughes film.' Said Jim Joseph, president of Lippe Taylor: 'I think he will end up being a spokesperson of some sort. He's quickly becoming the mascot for the disgruntled employee.'"

And finally, The Ballad of Steven Slater, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater's First Interview

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After posting $2500 bail last night, Steven Slater walked free from jail, answering a few questions about his scar, the support he's received, if he's going to lose his job, if he cares, rude passengers, and what he plans to do when he gets home.

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Watch: Steven Slater's JetBlue Story Animated by Taiwan News

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It's the "take this job and shove it" summer drama making international headlines, animated by Next Media Animation out of Taiwan.

Includes altercation, dramatic exit, and Slater's reunion with his boyfriend in Queens.

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Reunion

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JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Held on $2500 Bail

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Overnight celebrity Steven Slater, who now has Facebook pages and websites dedicated to him, was arraigned in court today on felony charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief stemming from his dramatic exit down the emergency slide of an aircraft at JFK airport yesterday, following an altercation with a passenger.

More on yesterday's arrest

"Port Authority police said it took jetBlue 25 minutes to report the incident, allowing Slater time to leave the scene. Cops found him in bed with his boyfriend when they arrived to arrest him at a beachfront home in the Rockaways with a porch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, sources said. He boasted to skeptical cops that he really did escape by chute with his carry-on luggage. 'Oh, yes, I did! I threw them down first and I went down after,' he told cops, sources said. He was grinning as police walked him in handcuffs to a squad car. 'He left with a big smile on his face,' said neighbor Curt Karkowski."

The WSJ reports:

"Before a packed courtroom, Judge Mary O’Donoghue set bail at $2,500. Slater, 38 and a career flight attendant, is charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. His attorney, Howard Turman said his client is expected to post bail Tuesday. Slater’s appearance in Queens Supreme Court was accompanied with much fanfare. He walked into the courtroom in a green shirt and plaid shorts, wearing what looked like a smirk on his face — a reaction his attorney said was prompted by all the media coverage. 'I think he can’t believe the amount of attention this is getting,' said Turman, a legal aid. Turman did all the speaking for his client during the five-minute arraignment, and O’Donoghue ordered Slater to stay away from two airline employees who offered witness statements — something both sides said was a standard procedure."

More from the NYT:

"Mr. Turman said that on the ground at Kennedy, the female passenger 'was outraged and cursing' at Mr. Slater, who 'wanted to avoid a conflict.' Law enforcement officials said that after the passenger cursed at Mr. Slater, he grabbed the intercom, cursed her out, bid passengers goodbye, grabbed a beer, and activated the inflatable exit chute. When asked why Mr. Slater chose to go avoid the conflict by taking the emergency slide, Mr. Turman replied, 'It was right there.'"


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