Friday, August 13, 2010

Chicago Criminal attorney comments on the "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day" in the air

This Chicago Criminal attorney knows sometimes we have a rough day and want to respond to it, especially in this economically harsh environment.  It’s true.  People are “Mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.”

Still perhaps counting to ten or twenty or even one hundred before responding is a better way to make sure we keep our jobs and avoid criminal charges.

 It has been a long time since flight attendant was a glamorous job title. The hours are long. Passengers with feelings of entitlement bump up against new no-frills policies. Babies scream. Security precautions grate but must be enforced. Airlines demand lightning-quick turnarounds, so attendants herd passengers and collect trash with the grim speed of an Indy pit crew. Everyone, it seems, is in a bad mood.
 After a dispute with a passenger who stood to fetch luggage too soon on a full flight just in from Pittsburgh, Mr. Slater, 38 and a career flight attendant, got on the public-address intercom and let loose a string of invective.
Then, the authorities said, he pulled the lever that activates the emergency-evacuation chute and slid down, making a dramatic exit not only from the plane but, one imagines, also from his airline career.
On his way out the door, he paused to grab a beer from the beverage cart. Then he ran to the employee parking lot and drove off, the authorities said.
He was arrested at his home in Belle Harbor, Queens, a few miles from the airport, and charged with felony counts of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
Somehow the felony counts seem a bit much, but you can watch and judge for yourself.

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