Steven Slater's ex-wife says she finds it "difficult to believe" that the flight attendant was rude to the JetBlue passengers and questioned the motivations of those who said Slater started the altercation before exiting the plane via the emergency chute.
"I would be curious of their intentions if they are at an opportunistic point or what not because Steven is an absolute consummate flight attendant," Cynthia Susanne told me. "He is a professional, he always has been."
She was responding to a Wall Street Journal report that quoted passengers who said Slater slammed overhead bins, rolled his eyes and "looked disturbed" on the flight.
Susanne, who has known Slater since they worked at JC Penny when they were 16, said the woman who had apparently fought with Slater aboard the plane was "lucky that it was a person like Steven Slater."
"It could have gone either way with that sort of brutal behavior. You know, you never know what could have happened it could have been some sort of physical altercation. He did not take out any kind of malice on this woman," Susanne said.
Susanne has not spoken to her ex-husband since he abruptly exited the JetBlue flight Monday, but she did speak to his mother.
"We basically kind of shared a few laughs over the fact that this is really a wild situation," she told me.
So what's next for Slater? Susanne didn’t know if he would want his JetBlue job back, if the company allowed him to stay. But she said he has always been interested in fashion.
“He started out in fashion…and he had a career also at Burberry. So he could go any way like that I’m sure,” she said.
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