JetBlue Plays Coy about Flight Attendant Fiasco

JetBlue flight attendant, Steven Slater, went on a tirade after a customer upset him. Facebook

JetBlue is finally talking about its famously flippant flight attendant ... sort of.

In a company blog posting, the airline poked fun at the attention directed at the case of Steven Slater, who cursed out a passenger over a plane's loud speaker on Monday and then jumped down the emergency slide.



"Perhaps you heard a little story about one of our flight attendants?" the blog joked. JetBlue didn't disclose any information on the case, saying it will let "people speak on their own behalf." CBS News reports that the company wants to respect Slater's privacy.

In a posting titled "Sometimes the weird news is about us," JetBlue noted while it isn't talking, plenty of others have formed opinions.

"Like, the entire Internet," the entry read. But "it wouldn't be fair for us to point out absurdities in other corners of the industry without acknowledging when it's about us."

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The airline, which is based in the New York City borough of Queens, attracts passengers with ads that mock the often-uncomfortable and high-priced travel experience on other airlines.

JetBlue also acknowledged that Slater's action has resonated beyond airline employees, saying the event "may feed your inner Office Space," a reference to the 1999 comedy about disgruntled technology workers.

Slater is currently suspended pending a further investigation. Public comments on the blog overwhelmingly urged JetBlue to give Slater his job back.

"For 20 years, I thought about it," said Slater in an exclusive interview with the City Room blog at the New York Times. "But you never think you're going to do it."


Video of the exclusive interview from the New York Times:
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