I guess the feds are investigating now. It looks like the passenger is going to get nailed with some big fines for: getting out of her seat, refusing to retake her seat, pulling down her luggage and hitting Slater with the luggage compartment door -- all this while the plane was still moving.
Whether or not one approves of his response to all of it seems to depend on if one believes people have gotten more rude/selifish/violent and this sort of extreme reaction can be blamed on this new, meaner society.
I am of the opinion that people are the same mean, greedy, self-centered animals they've been since we first dropped from the trees and emerged from caves. It is only the rule of law -- the fear of punishment/reprisal that keeps us in check. If people have gotten more overt with their limb-swinging cavishness, it's because they've been allowed to get away with it.
In short, I am very pro-self-control. Throw the book at the both of them, I say.
I am a firm believer in being accountable and taking responsibility for one's actions. If you lose your composure and temper, no matter what the provocation, you then have to live with the consequences. I have no doubt the passenger in this scenario behaved in a hostile and boorish manner, but the flight attendant's reaction was way over the top. It's probably already too late, but let's not turn Steve Slater into a cult hero or role model or--even worse--the host of a new reality show. NBC just might be interested to plug more holes in their Swiss cheese prime time lineup in the fall.
Patrick Roy, 2006 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame
I seriously hope he does not end up back on a plane or in any possition that requires one to keep their composure amid stressful conditions.
I also hope that the people who want to see him rewarded with a reality tv spot realize what sort of behaviour they'll be encouraging in others. I.e., the bigger your temper tantrum, the more fame and money you get. Genius.
I think there are several factors at work in why some people are making him into a folk hero. In this age of recession when a lot of people are stuck in jobs they may hate, but don't dare quit for fear of ending up in the soup line what he did seems very liberating to them. Also mythologizing clearly bad behavior and bad boys is nothing new. Just look at Jessie James or Butch and Sundance all three nothing but cold blooded murders but even during their heyday people hailed them as heroes and named their children after them. I believe it was Rene Balcer who pointed out in the words of Goren that bad men do what good men only dream about.
Well, it's becoming very clear things were not what they seemed to be.
Although I really dislike people who think the rules don't apply to them. I was on a plane once where a passenger (and he'd been a real pain to everyone through the flight) stood up and started grabbing his luggage while the plane was taxing. The flight attendants told him to sit down, but he didn't. However, he was seated behind me. I am a large woman, and I stood up to get my luggage when the plane stopped. I didn't mean to be rude to him; I was concentrating on getting my bag without clunking myself or anyone else on the head. I suddenly realized everyone was smiling at me. The jerk was right behind me and couldn't get past me. I confess I moved slower than usual and made sure I was right in the middle so he couldn't get past me all the way through that tube like thing into the airport. I got lots of smiles from the other passengers and the flight attendants. And it wasn't that this guy had to catch another plane or had anyone waiting for him.