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shan
08-10-2010, 08:05 PM
I always put my bags as close to my seat as possible.

AragornElessar
08-10-2010, 08:05 PM
I have empathy for the flight attendant as well. I've done plenty of flying lately and I always feel bad for them with all of the sh*t they have to put up with from bitchy passengers. Too many passengers take out their airline frustrations on flight attendants who almost always have nothing to do with the airline rules, delays, etc. I always try to be extra nice to the flight attendants on my flights because it's almost certain there are several jackasses on the flight who deserve to be shoved out the door and allowed to plummet to their deaths. I hope the lady that ignored this man's instructions and cursed him out is also taken to court & fined heavily.

Oh, it's not just flight attendants that get crap slung at them. The two attendants on the VIA Rail train I took to Toronto for CSOI this Spring deserved medals for how they were able to handle a bad situation w/a wheelchair bound passenger. I more than understand the guy wanting out of the train, especially since it was close to 11 am and he had an 11:30am appt at one of the Hospitals (and why this guy didn't go down the day before, we never could figure that one out!!), but they only have four wheelchair ramps/systems to attach to the doors and four trains w/seven wheelchair bound people arrived at Union Station at the same time. Doesn't take a genuis to figure out why there was a delay.

Not their fault either, but did that make a difference to this guy? At one point, he got so ticked off at them, he was going to get off himself. Which for both safety and legal reasons, they couldn't allow. They finally got the ramp/whatever over to the door of our compartment and the guy finally got off. When they came to get me, they were thanking me over and over for being so understanding and patient. As I told them, I'm used to waiting as a disabled traveller. It's part of the price of travelling and nothing to get angry over. Then again...I'm also not stupid enough to travel from Sudbury to Toronto on the same day as a Doctor's appt. Still can't believe this guy did that. Anyway...

I've seen a lot over the last close to fifteen years of travelling on my own and anyone who is a Service Worker, but especially this day and age, and is actually doing the best they can w/what's given them, have my deep respect. There are those in the Service Industry though that deserve the crap they get from difficult people though, as they're only getting their own behaviour slung back at em.

That's a different thread though. ;)

Sounds like this guy followed the proper proceedures for hitting the chute. At least he blew off his job in style and has made just about all the papers. I wish him well w/his legal battles.

Anita18
08-10-2010, 08:06 PM
Now there's a man who knows how to make a dramatic exit! ROFL
I know! If you're going to quit your job, that's the way to do it! :rofl:

orbitz
08-10-2010, 08:27 PM
I wonder how long before he'll be on Letterman doing a Top 10 list on "How to quit one's job in style" ? :lol:

Someone on the plane must know who this phantom passenger was. C'mon, spill the name and picture please.

orbitz
08-10-2010, 08:29 PM
With all of this publicity, he's probably never going to get a job in the airline industry again.

It's going to be hard for him to get a "normal" job anywhere for a while. I wouldn't want to hire someone who demonstrated a lack of self control.

genevieve
08-10-2010, 08:34 PM
I don't know that it is necessarily that the bags are too heavy to carry back. I think many people just put their bags in the first empty compartments they find. They are concerned that the ones further back are full and they want to get their stuff in.


I've done "early boarding" a few times and watched as jerks with two bags get on the plane, open the forward compartments (even dumping out the pillows/blankets to make room), shove their stuff in and waltz down the aisle to the back of the most-empty plane. They're not concerned - they're selfish.
it's to make for the most efficient exit off the plane - if they can jump out of their seats and move forward before the people grabbing stuuf, and then just grab their bags right before getting off the plane, it will save them time, and the annoyance of carrying their bags through the aisle with all the people.

I admit that when I'm travelling with all my bags checked and I'm on an aisle, I try to jump up and move forward before the crush as well - but I try to book window seats, so that's rare (and if I am travelling with a bag in the overhead I put it by my seat).


I wonder how long before he'll be on Letterman doing a Top 10 list on "How to quit one's job in style" ? :lol:
Next week, if Letterman's not still on vacation :lol:

pilgrimsoul
08-10-2010, 08:49 PM
Here's another creative job departure - loved this girl's creativity!

http://thechive.com/2010/08/10/girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos/

ballettmaus
08-10-2010, 08:49 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/steven-slater-jetblue-flight-attendant-bail-emergency-slide/story?id=11367793&page=1

That article doesn't show the flight attendant in such a good light though. It doesn't talk about anyone getting up before the seat belt sign has been turned off; it just sounds like he'd been fed up with his job and in that case, I don't have any sympathy for him.

Holley Calmes
08-10-2010, 09:23 PM
Reading the comments on that first story link is pretty fun. People are overwhelmingly in the flight attendant's corner.

Garden Kitty
08-10-2010, 09:46 PM
I know there are some serious elements to this story, but I can't help laughing every time I hear about it. This is definiitely my favorite news story of the last week.

skatingfan5
08-10-2010, 09:52 PM
I know there are some serious elements to this story, but I can't help laughing every time I hear about it. This is definiitely my favorite news story of the last week.Yep, mine too. As someone has already said, I wish there was a video clip of him sliding down the chute, beer can in hand. :lol:

Southpaw
08-10-2010, 09:53 PM
It sounds like something right out of The Simpsons.

skatingfan5
08-10-2010, 09:54 PM
It sounds like something right out of The Simpsons.:40beers: Doh! :duh:

orbitz
08-10-2010, 09:55 PM
I would only do what his guy did if I had won the lottery :)

genevieve
08-10-2010, 09:56 PM
Here's an anonymous flight attendant's take on the story:

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2010/08/10/a-flight-attendants-take-on-jet-blue-folk-hero-steven-slater#more

I agree with all the main points:
- why isn't the passenger involved getting slogged through the media wringer as well?
- passengers often do not heed the rules that flight attendants are required to enforce
- deploying the emergency exit slide was boneheaded, unnecessary, and dangerous