Steven Slater: The JetBlue Flight Attendant Goes From Hero To Possible Zero In 24 Hours
Only Thursday we were marveling at the speed at which a Thousand Oaks flight attendant named Steven Slater became a national hero for giving the verbal finger to an allegedly abusive passenger aboard a JetBlue flight. Just as fast, however, his story of take-this-job-and-shove-it heroism -- he set off an emergency exit chute and departed the plane following a flurry of P.A.-system F.U.s -- appears to be deflating.
The New York Daily News reports that Port Authority police interviewed about 40 passengers aboard Monday's flight 1052 from Pittsburgh to New York's Kennedy Airport and ... (hold your breath) ...
"haven't found anyone who backs up Slater's story."
In fact, it's looking more and more like the 38-year-old Slater might have been the one who was the jerk. His side of the story was that a passenger cursed at him and hit him with a piece of luggage that was in or headed to an overhead compartment.
UCLA Bruins Women's Basketball vs. Arizona Wildcats Womens Basketball
TicketsSun., Jan. 29, 2:00pm
Anaheim Ducks v. Colorado Avalanche
TicketsTue., Jan. 31, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsTue., Jan. 31, 7:30pm
CSUN Men?s Basketball vs. Long Beach State Men's Basketball
TicketsWed., Feb. 1, 7:00pm
But no one else who was aboard the plane seems to be able to back that claim up, and some indicate that Slater appeared to be headed toward a chip-on-his-shoulder meltdown the whole flight.
Passenger Lauren Dominijanni, 25, told the Wall Street Journal that Slater rolled his eyes and was rude when she asked for a "wipe" to clean up a coffee spill: "No!," she said he said. "Maybe when we get in the air! I need to take care of myself first, honey!"
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.