Steven Slater: Who Pushed His Buttons & Why Isn’t She Charged With Anything?Posted: August 12, 2010
Flight Attendant Steven Slater’s meltdown has been fairly well publicized in the media and by bloggers from around the web.
In my last post (and this will be my last post about him) I offered to represent him in court and I stand behind that offer. I do have to say that I understand why the man had to be charged with the offenses he is charged with. His unusual resignation could have hurt someone on the ground crew and likely caused a security breach at one of the nations busiest and most sensitive airports. His choice was inexcusable, especially from someone whose job is to keep calm under pressure to keep the flying public safe.
Hello, Give Me Missing Persons…
On television shows, the police always tell people that they can’t report someone missing for forty-eight hours. Forty-eight hours have passed and I am calling in a missing person. I do not know the whereabouts of the woman I will call Passenger X, the person whose behavior at the end of the flight supposedly lit Slater’s fuse.
How can we know the whole story if Passenger X never says anything about her encounter with Slater? Passenger X is missing, my friends and I am concerned.
So Passenger X, Where Did You Think You Were Going?
Everyone else is required to stay in their seat until the plane is at the gate. Passenger X apparently feels exempt from that rule. Is she more special than you? No. Yet somehow, she violated the rules and has avoided prosecution.
I am guessing here, but I don’t think that Mr. Slater or any of the flight crew said anything approaching “please stay in your seat until the plane is at the gate and the captain has tuned off the seat belt sign…unless of course you are Passenger X, in which case you may stand up and get your bags”. Since that probably wasn’t said, what was Passenger X’s obligation? I contend she was obligated to keep her self important butt in her seat until she was told she could safely rise and recover her luggage.
Hey NYPD, Hey Feds, Hey, Media…where is Passenger X?
Each of us crosses paths with pompous jerks like Passenger X every day. Sometimes we see them get their comeuppance and we’re happy. Other times they raise blood pressures and skate away before they can face any consequence.
Does anyone really believe no one knows who Passenger X is? Do you think Jet Blue and the authorities don’t know? Hell yes they know. Why is she not facing charges for Interference With A Flight Crew? Was her cursing of a flight attendant who was seeing to her safety (and that of others) not intimidating enough? I think it was.
Flight attendants are there to protect us, sometimes even from ourselves. They do so despite the best efforts of people, like Passenger X, to make their job more difficult. They deserve our support.
Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right, But Righting Two Wrongs is the Right Thing To Do…
…or something like that.
Let’s face it, Slater screwed up royally, and he will eventually pay a price. Passenger X seems to me to be in the wrong too. She too should face charges
Rise up, internet. Speak up on behalf of flight attendants who put up with people like Passenger X on a daily basis and do not melt down. Join me in calling for criminal charges to be brought against Passenger X.
Blog, Tweet, post on Facebook, make a call even. It is time Passenger X had her perp walk.