Flight Attendant Stress: Keeping Cool on the Plane

It is indeed, but if you think Slater's alleged bad behavior was a first, it wasn't. A Pinnacle Airlines spokesman told reporters back in February that the carrier had to cancel a flight because of an altercation -- yes, a fight -- between two flight attendants.

And if you think Slater is the only person who is said to have used an emergency slide in frustration, you'd be wrong there, too. A passenger pulled the same stunt just last year, apparently because the pilot was taking too long to get his aircraft to the gate.

The Joy of Flying: JetBlue Case Hardly the First

I've written before about cases of passengers over-indulging in alcohol so no need for a rehash here, but yes, there have also been a few instances where crew members allegedly did the same (but were stopped before they flew).

So flying today can be a pain in the posterior, but bad behavior only makes it worse. We're all in this together, so let's not take it out on each other, okay? Our anonymous flight attendant sounded as if venting to us made her feel a little better; that's one way to ease stress.

Or you could hang out with a gorilla, like Safkow ("magical times," as he calls it).

Or maybe you could de-stress by blogging. Safkow does that too under the witty nom de plume of Martha Stewardess. "Martha" recently suggested a new reality show for the beleaguered JetBlue flight attendant ("Slippery Sliding Steven Slater vs. JetBlue Foul Mouthed Bag Lady, forced to live together, handcuffed, 24/7, on a barge, no food and only beer to drink").

Sometimes, that's all you can do -- play it for laughs.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and does not reflect the opinion of ABC News.

Rick Seaney is one of the country's leading experts on airfare, giving interviews and analysis to news organizations that include ABC News, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press and Bloomberg. His website, FareCompare.com, offers consumers free, new-generation software, combined with expert insider tips to find the best airline ticket deals.

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