Some flight attendants try to manage depression or anxiety with highly addictive prescription drugs, including sleeping pills or pain relievers. However, this only makes the situation worse.
And when flight attendants drink out of control, their actions are often quick on the newspaper. In 2019, a flight attendant got on the news after exhibiting drunken behavior on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana. That same month, a Qantas employee lost her job after being discovered she drank a quarter of a bottle of vodka on a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Sydney, Australia.
Slater himself was involved in a scandalous incident at JetBlue in 2010. That time, he activated the plane’s emergency exit sliding door, then left with two hands clutching two cans of beer. At the time of the incident, Slater was suffering from bipolar disorder and had problems with prescription drugs. He was fired after this case.
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