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Is the JetBlue flight attendant a hero or villain?

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Published: August 12, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 40

(40) SusanE, August 22, 2010 7:55 PM

Hero or Villan? I Wasn't There. Might be your Average guy.

If anyone of us thinks people are perfect we are living in a fantasy world. Many people don't do the right thing. Most people don't care at all what you think about them. Most people actually believe what they read in the newspapers and watch on the news networks. They are living in a Fantasyland. Why is the story of the flight attendant any of our business? I can't judge him fairly. I wasn't there. Unless you were in the airplane right beside that flight attendant, then you don't know what happened. His credibility will show on his work record. If the networks get an ongoing story, or the airline gets press time, or the woman on the plane can sue and make a buck off this guy, they will. Don't believe what you hear from them.

(39) TMay, August 22, 2010 5:31 AM

update

I was in error when I made the previous comment. The original news reports misled me. I think the media got the story totally wrong. It was bad adolescent behavior, not heroic. It now comes to light that the flight attendant was rude first, that he cut himself early in the flight that had nothing to do with the Female passenger, and that he was drinking during the flight. This was reported by ABC News under the title of “Is the JetBlue Fight Attendant Not Such a Hero After All?” Therefore I do not think the passenger should be arrested. I hope the airline continues to have the backbone to keep him fired, and I hope the union will not break their arm to have him rehired. He acted unprofessionally. The airlines have enough problems with drunk abusive passengers, they don’t need to subject their paying passengers to a paid drunk abusive self-pitying raging worker. Does this person have a substance abuse, depression and rage problem that they should be addressing? Concerning my metaphor in my previous comment, I would not want my surgeon to be drunk, drinking, nor under the influence. I would not want to fly a flight with this abusive man working on the flight since they have the power to make one’s life miserable. I think he should have to pay for the repair costs of the slide having been activated. I know that in a car the cost is over $1,000 for an activated airbag. He should also pay damages to the airline for an estimate of the passengers who have been turned off to flying Jetblue. When you think of the Jetblue passengers who were delayed due to his actions that might have missed once in a lifetime weddings, he really owes an apology to the passengers whose plans were ruined, whether they were the passengers on the flight who were detained by police or whether they were on the next flight.

(38) Anonymous, August 21, 2010 1:43 AM

Monkey see, Monkey do

Here's something that no one talks about: the adverse influence of TV programs. The woman who refused to follow the safety rules probably got her clue from some TV program, as did the flight attendant. I see this type of behavior quite often. Example: During a wedding that I attended some years ago, a guest became angry with me because I was not drinking alcohol. He accused me of being "unAmerican" because I was not behaving like the female characters on "Dynasty".

(37) TMay, August 20, 2010 9:18 PM

Update

It now appears that he was drinking on the flight while working, that he was the one who started off being rude, and that the cut on his forehead happened at the beginning of the flight and had nothing to do with the female passenger, witnesses said and ABC News reports.see "Is the JetBlue Fight Attendant Not Such a Hero After All?" My comment above was made without knowledge of these statements therefore now I understand why the passenger was not arrested. Regarding my metaphor to a surgeon, I would definitely not want my surgeon to be drinking, nor dunk, nor under the influence. I hope the airline keeps up its backbone to have fired him and I hope the union does not force his rehiring. I was misled by the media reports.. I would not want such a man working on a plane that I was flying.

(36) Nancy, August 19, 2010 11:37 PM

No folk hero to me!

I was a teacher for many years and had bad days as well. I never would have grabbed some "crayons" and left my class. This guy was a jerk!

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