Steven Slater: Who Pushed His Buttons & Why Isn’t She Charged With Anything?

The man had some style. (copyright Airtoons)

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?

Where did she go? We have accounted everyone who left via the slide.

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.

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29 Comments on “Steven Slater: Who Pushed His Buttons & Why Isn’t She Charged With Anything?”

  1. Lol…i never thought about passenger X. We need to find her!!! Love your blog!


  2. You would think that they could identify her by her seat number?

  3. Betty says:

    I’ve been wondering the same thing. Where is X? With the logjam that occurs when a plane reaches the gate, what did she think she could gain? There was bound to be rows of passengers clogging the aisle ahead of her. And I’m sure X was one of those passengers who either brought a too-large carry-on aboard OR too many carry-ons. I really wish the airlines would enforce those limits. I like the idea of the airline that recently started charging for carry-on bags (above limits). I think if this type of policy was rolled out industry wide, it might reduce the chance of something like this happening again. Although probably not. People will always act like total tools.

    • omawarisan says:

      I kind of wonder if the airlines would actually make money by wiping out the fees for checked bags. They have to be seeing it takes longer to load and unload with all these people carrying on.

  4. I totally agree that the passenger should also be charged…I am so tired of people who think they’re so “special,” that they don’t need to follow the rules!


  5. shoutabyss says:

    Another brilliant bit of writing and insight!

    I’ve also been wondering, “Where is X?”

    This incident epitomizes everything I’ve been ranting about for a long, long time. From the person who parks in the fire lane to use the ATM to the guy who can’t be bothered to hold open the door for a young mother carrying an infant at the post office … what has happened to us as a people? We are rude, rude, and rude.

    I think you touched on a BIG part of the problem. Where are the consequences for Passenger X? If society continues to treat the symptom rather than the cause we are invariably guaranteed just plenty more of the same.

    Betty above says, “People will always act like total tools.” Well said! That’s probably true, but what if people were actually somehow subjected to the occasional consequences for their own behavior from time to time? Maybe, just maybe, we could make a dent in that sort of thing. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

    So Passenger X causes a situation and gets off scott free. That makes me sick.

  6. HippieCahier says:

    >> Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right, But Righting Two Wrongs is the Right Thing To Do… <<

    Ouch. My brain hurts.

    Disclaimer: totally agree with you on Passenger X.

    However: What if she bumped her head, is somewhere with amnesia completely unaware that she is Passenger X? I'm checking my day planner for the past several days, just in case.

    We can only hope she's not cooking up some sort of defense strategy based on the bumped head. How lame would that be? 😉

  7. HippieCahier says:

    P.S. Thanks for providing the link to the Criminal Resource Manual. I have always maintained that yours is a multi-faceted blog: humorous, insightful, educational, and perhaps even nutritious.

  8. sgottahurt says:

    I think Passenger X is busy building up her X-Men to protect herself from the wrath of King Tut.

    What? It’s not like Marvel and DC never had a crossover.

  9. pienbiscuits says:

    I think passenger X has fled to the UK and is at this moment being wooed by PR guru Max Clifford. She will then feature in the News Of The World and other such fine British Sunday tabloids. The reality TV show will be just around the corner, then we’ll be cursed with becoming unwilling participants of her soap opera life as the papers and gossip mags/sites will be all over it for weeks. Then, just as quickly as she arrives, she’ll leave the world of fame, having racked up shedloads of cash before the fickle hand of fate pushes her out of the limelight. And she will not face charges.

    Who says that crime doesn’t pay?

  10. Cory Nedlik says:

    Slater? It’s alright, cause he’s saved by the bell.

  11. tsanda says:

    can we start arresting people who are pain in the ass self absorbed jerks? or just people who are not us

  12. linlah says:

    Not only interference with a flight crew but assault with intent to harm.

    • omawarisan says:

      I’m starting to think she’s going to skate on this one, linlah. I’m now calling on everyone to start doing citizens arrests on all jerks. Anyone that ticks you off today, lock them up. Eventually The Jerk Community will give her up to stop the onslaught.

      Good point though on the assault. If it was an accident, dont most people say I’m sorry?

  13. jammer5 says:

    I’m not too sure about this guy anymore. The passengers they did interview mostly called this guy a primadonna, and said he was acting pretty weird from the get go. They also claimed his cut was there when he first got on the plane. Funny how a guy can go from hero to zero in the space of a few newspaper clips.

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