Lunchtime Poll: How should Hollywood capitalize on JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater?

Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who had a terrible, horrible, no good very bad yesterday, has become a figure of national intrigue. It would have been enough that after getting whacked in the head with some dolt’s overhead luggage Slater swore at everyone in the cabin over the plane’s P.A. system, grabbed two beers, slid down the emergency chute, ran across the tarmac, and drove away in his car (his car!!!). But on top of that, Slater was having sex with his boyfriend when the police arrived and had the most bizarre, serene smile while being led off for reckless endangerment and trespassing. And he used to be married. And his mom is dying. And he still won’t talk. All that and he’s into madras shorts?! You know Hollywood won’t let anyone get away with a meltdown of such epic proportions. Help us decide what must be done with Steven Slater by voting below.

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  • TQB

    A show called “Take This Job and Shove It” wherein he counsels people who want to quit their jobs on how they can do it in the most satisfying and flagrant way possible. I wouldn’t just watch, if you know what i mean.

    • Elizabeth

      Yeah, I volunteer for the second episode…

    • Miz

      +1 :D Great idea! Even though the economy sucks and jobs are a little hard to find, there’s no excuse for staying in an abusive and soul-destructing job. And, hey, they wouldn’t have to look hard to find a theme song. ;)

    • &&

      Yes, this is a fantastic show idea. And given all of his actions here, I think it should also be part of the show that people break as many of the company rules as humanly possible on the way out.

      • Stephanie T.

        Pretty much yeah. But I do not think that this guy should host the show. It would work like Undercover Boss. Cameras show how customer service employees are treated on an everyday basis and Human Resource trainers work with the employees on how to defuse a bad situation. Also John Quinones could do an episode of WWYD and set up a bit where an actor acts like a bad customer and the employee is being treated badly by the person. Would another customer pull aside the bad customer and tell them to apologize?

    • Yves

      that is literally the best reality tv show idea I’ve ever, ever heard. Huzzah, TQB.

    • Lynny

      That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking!

  • Ceballos

    Personally, I think we just found a new “Most Interesting Man in the World”…but it’ll probably be an L&O episode.


    Please, don’t turn this piece of crap into a celebrity. We all hate our jobs, but some of us are too gutless to just deal with it. Hope he enjoys prison. I’m sure he’ll hate that too.

    • lee

      Yes, let’s keep glorifying these people as folk heroes. Then when they go and shoot their colleagues we wonder why.

      • Holly

        I agree this guy’s an idiot. I would love to give some of these snarky flight-attendants a piece of my mind, but you know what would happen if I did? I’d be escorted off the plane and charged with a “security” violation or something. They have all the power once you’re in their world. He doesn’t like to deal with passengers – well you know what? Those passengers paid $1,000 for that flight and they deserve 4-star service so suck it up sweetie!

    • Superklutz

      What exactly did he do to warrent prison? Did he damage property or bodily injury? If there’s some cost to put the emergency chute back or something like that, take it out of his paycheck. But I don’t think his actions warrented an arrest, or jail time.

      • Jackal

        Read CNN. Don’t get all your news from this site.

      • Lesley

        I did read CNN I still don’t see what he did to deserve jail time besides deploying an emergency chute.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Reckless endangerment

      • jcarla

        He was abusive to the customers (P.A. system); stole from the company (two beers) ; reckless endangerment (the cabin was presurized when he blew the door, they wheren’t near the gate when he deployed the slide causing the plane to call the help ; he was on the tarmac which is like running on a major road ; to reset the slide and door costs thousands of dollars).

  • Summer

    He should capitalize! He’s the one without a job and he’s FABULOUS! :)

  • nodnarb

    It’s like a reality show that’s, ya know, actually real. I hope he’s already hired an agent.

  • Em

    He should host SNL!

    • darclyte

      It would have made for a great running skit. Start the show with his freak out, then have mini skits of things he could have done after he fled, then have the arrest, followed by some skit with him in jail. Sadly though, SNL wouldn’t be able to make ANY of it funny.

  • StanTheMovieMan

    Something on Logo.

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  • Lem

    You misspelled Episode in the poll

  • sm

    nevermind the actual topic in the article, it’s a ridiculous concept… But kudos on the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day reference.

    • Johnification

      Loved the reference too!

  • sonja

    I think the flight attendant is definitely the hero of the story, the villain is the idiot passenger who think his time is more precious than everyone else’s and does not need to follow rule. I wish they’d release that stooges name.

    • nodnarb

      It was a woman… and I agree, give us her name!

  • aj28

    I feel that to often,people in customer service are treated horribly. Our population in general is in customer service in one way or another. So we should take a long look and remember the old adtage, “Treat people the way you would like to be treated!” I applaud the Jetblu flight attendant.

    • Bug

      It really is true that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat customer service people. As a person who waitresses and clerked for years and years, I never understand people who treat other “lesser” people like crap just because they can.

  • mscisluv

    The story is pretty awesome, thought he details are sad. He was a recovering alcoholic, but the fact that he took the beers from the plane signals a relapse.

  • Kelly

    Being a former flight attendant I can sympathize with him. At some point you just snap. All Customer Service jobs have big downsides, but when you are a flight attendant, you can’t walk away from the problems, they are stuck in a tube, 30,000 feet in the air.

  • anibundel

    Other: Get a reality show on Bravo.

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