Jet Blue Flight Attendant Steven Slater's Mom: I Would Have Snapped Too!Mara Siegler
Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who swore at passengers, quit, grabbed some beers, and slid out of the plane, has support from his mother. Diane, a former flight attendant who has been battling lung cancer has viewed first-hand how much stress her son is under and can see where he was coming from.
“Nobody should be abusing anybody, and I understand why he snapped,” she told the New York Post. “I would have snapped, too. In fact, I probably would have snapped more.”
Other family members weren’t so understanding.
Steven’s ex-wife is shocked. Cynthia Neithamer told the Post her ex “has been a fantastic and devoted flight attendant. I’m just really surprised [at what he did] because he really loves his job.”
Neithamer’s grandfather Harry is basically blaming the passenger. “That passenger must be a [expletive], just a pure [expletive], because nobody else could get him wound up like that.” he said.
While Steve’s family may be questioning his motives, he’s been called a “folk hero” by many for quitting his job in an out-there way, hitting a nerve for those who just want to tell their boss to shove it. The airline however, is upset because his actions created a safety risk.