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JetBlue attendant says he drank before tirade

October 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The world's most famous disgruntled flight attendant admitted he'd been drinking hours before his infamous tirade.Former JetBlue employee Steven Slater made the admission on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday.

Two months ago, Slater swore at a passenger who he claimed had been rude to him.

He then went on the loud speaker and began swearing at the entire plane.

Then, he grabbed a beer and slid down an emergency chute.

"It was one of those days that drove me to drink, and I admit that I did have a little sip," Slater said on the show. Slater also admitted that he was a recovering alcoholic

When asked if he would have acted differently if he hadn't been drinking, Slater said he didn't know.

"No. I think it was time to go. Whether I would have left in such a spectacular fashion, I certainly don't know," he said.

Slater said passengers were never in danger and said that anyone with workplace problems should handle things more professionally.

As part of a plea deal, Slater will avoid jail time but must undergo counseling and pay a $10,000 fine.


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