October 25, 2010

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Steven Slater exclusive! The former JetBlue flight attendant who bailed out of a flight-and his job-tells Larry what really happened on the day he’d had enough!

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Sharron   October 26th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I have been a flight attendant for a major discount carrier more than 8 yrs. I think its important to keep things in perspective. First, the airline I work for is a great company to be employed with and I think that most would agree. In addition, every job, no matter where its at either on the ground or in the air will have its pros and cons. Yes, we do come in contact with a lot of people on a daily basis. If I work 5 flights a day that are even partially full then I have seen over 500 people a day. Multiply that times 3 and I have seen 1500 individuals in a 3 day trip. That is what makes my next 4 days off so awesome. I take nothing at all home with email, pager, cell calls, etc....I agree its different when you are locked in a "metal tube" with lots of people on each flight versus a corporate office job where its the same people day in and day out. Overall, I truly believe most flight attendants enjoy their careers. I for one will continue to take the flexibility that my career allows versus the 5 day week that others have. Previously, I worked corporate for 14 yrs...there is not enough money to convince me to go back to that daily work world. I am not sure why the jet-blue flight attendant made the decision to pop the slide and exit the aircraft. I do believe that if any flight attendant reaches that point then then they should ask themselves if they are sick and if so utilize sick time to recoup. At this point I would have to question if the flight attendant is any more safe to be on the jet than a passenger whom is intoxicated or irate. No job or career is without stress; the type of stress is just different. I agree that unlike most corporate jobs, we do not have jobs that allow us access to get to sick family or deal with unpredictable situations that can occur with home life while we are out on a trip assignment. That is where the situations have to be evaluated and dealt with appropriately. Thank you. At the end of the day or flight, the decision or behavior is ultimately still up to the individual. Thank you

Meredith   October 27th, 2010 3:55 pm ET

Having worked for a major airline, I know the frustration that the Jet Blue flight attendant probably felt that day. Doing what he did is probably something every airline employee has thought about doing or something similar but our "edit" button and filter is still working thus those thoughts get deleted and we never act on them. The public is very very difficult to work with these days. And some passengers have little regard or respect for the exhausted flight attendant, gate agent or flight attendant or the circumstances that are beyond our control. We could write a book about the events that go on at an airport. I'm sure this flight attendant really did reach the end of his rope and needed some time off to regroup! Now he's got it and thank goodness it's not in a padded cell in an orange jumpsuit! Kudos to his lawyer!

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