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The Flight Attendant Celebrity, Media Coverage, Narrative and Confusion

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Posted on August 16 2010 10:00 am

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Steven Slater, now famous for his dramatic and fabulous exit from his job as a Jet Blue steward, turns out to have been married once, as his ex-wife was defending him on MSNBC, so perhaps he’s not quite as fabulous as I’d supposed from getting a look at his MySpace page. I understand that the airlines have to be pretty tough about this kind of thing, particularly because their policies often make it necessary for people to sit in hot planes on the tarmac for hours and hours with no food and little water before taking off, or returning to the gate, so I imagine that he’s going to have a hard time in court. Still, I’m rooting for him, despite the version of events offered by his detractors at the Wall Street Jounal.

Strangely enough, his lawyer says that Mr. Slater would like to return to stewarding in the future if at all possible.

When he was arrested at his home, reporters asked him why he was smiling. Pundits and talking heads felt that it was a bit inappropriate somehow.

Why a similar outcry wasn’t raised when Rick James (who I honestly thought was dead) sat on and killed his granddaughter, then grinned for the cameras, I don’t know.

I was reminded of this hilarious story, though, which we know must be true because it was reported in the New York Times:

It has been reported that an employee for Ansett Australia (Airlines), who happened to have the last name of Gay, got on a plane recently using the company’s ‘Free Flight’ offer for staff.

However, when Mr Gay tried to take his seat, he found it being occupied by a fare paying passenger. So, not to make a fuss, he simply chose another seat. Unknown to Mr Gay, another Ansett flight at the airport experienced mechanical problems.

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