Without flight attendants, our flights would be chaotic. No one would serve us drinks or food, make up our beds (in first and business class cabins), assist us in times of need, or help keep us stay organized and safe in an event of an accident. But not all flight attendants are the same. Sometimes, we get the ones who really end up behaving badly, causing delays. We’re all human, and they are just as vulnerable to bad days like us.
However, bad behavior doesn’t go unnoticed! Here are some stories of flight attendants behaving badly. Some of these may even shock you.
Some of you may remember Steven Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue, who grabbed a beer, took over the PA system and said, “Those of you who have shown dignity and respect these last 20 years, thanks for a great ride.” After that he ejected from the plane on an inflatable slide. His trigger? A passenger cursed him out after an argument about overhead storage.
As a result of his stunt, he was suspended from work, which he ultimately resigned from. I guess he couldn’t take it anymore after being in the business for 20 years.
An American Airlines flight was supposed to fly on the 9th of March in 2012 from Dallas to Chicago, but right before it could take off, a woman flight attendant went berserk. Over the PA system, she started to say how the plane will crash, made comments about the Airline’s Union, 9/11 terrorist attacks, and even screamed, “Somebody call 9-1-1 security because I’m about to kill passengers before takeoff!” Passengers restrained her and she was removed from the flight. After which she was taken to the hospital.
American Airlines confirmed the plane was safe the entire time. The flight attendant later admitted she was bipolar. Fortunately for her, no charges were pressed against her. I wonder if the same thing would happen if a passenger acted the way she did, and later claim they were bipolar as well? Would they be let off so easily?
The Alcohol Saleswoman
Rachel Trevor, an Endeavor Air flight attendant, smuggled 1,500 fifty milliliter bottles of alcohol and sold them on craigslist for $1 per bottle. That’s quite the bargain for the buyer since those sell at $8 a bottle on a flight. Her sales career didn’t last long, as she was later found guilty and charged with theft and unlawful sale of alcohol. She also ended up losing her job at Endeavor. Hopefully, she had better luck in her next job!
Armed and Ready
Amed and ready was Kimberly Chase, a former Great Lakes flight attendant, who brought on two handguns, one of which was fully loaded. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time a flight attendant brought on a handgun on the plane. Amber Robillard, a former Delta flight attendant, also brought on a handgun with her onto the plane in her purse. I’m not sure what either of them was thinking, bringing those onboard. Whatever happened to airport security?