Angry hostie exits plane by emergency chute, after passengers ignored his instructions
A FURIOUS US flight attendant abused passengers who refused to follow his instructions before storming off the plane via an emergency chute.
The attendant, identified in the US media as Steven Slater, 39, was working a Jet Blue flight from Pittsburgh to New York that had just landed, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.
Mr Slater told passengers to remain seated upon landing. But when a passenger started collecting his belongings from the overhead bin, the attendant tried to stop him but was hit in the head by the baggage and became irate.
When Mr Slater “asked for an apology,” the passenger “instead cursed at him,” The New York Times reported.
Mr Slater “got on the plane’s public address system and cursed out all aboard. Then he activated the inflatable evacuation slide at service exit R1, launched himself off the plane, an Embraer 190, ran to the employee parking lot and left the airport in a car he had parked there”.
The attendant snatched a beer from the galley before jumping on the slide, ABC News reported.
His silver-screen-worthy escape was shortlived.
Police arrested Mr Slater shortly after at his home nearby in Queens.
“There were no injuries and all customers deplaned the aircraft safely through the jetway,” the airline said in a statement.
“At this time, we are working with the FAA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to investigate the incident. At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crew members at risk.”
According to ABC, Mr Slater was charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.