JetBlue flight attendant wants old job back

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The flight attendant whose dramatic departure from a JetBlue plane at a New York City airport has transformed him into a folk hero to some wants his job back, his lawyer told reporters Thursday.

“That’s his life,” Steven Slater’s Legal Aid defense attorney Howard Turman told reporters outside his client’s home in Queens, near John F. Kennedy International Airport, where Slater’s exit via an emergency slide vaulted him to national attention. “His father was a pilot; his mother was a flight attendant. That’s in his blood. That’s what he likes to do.”

Whether Slater can regain his wings was unclear. “We’re conducting an internal investigation regarding his status as an employee at JetBlue,” said airline spokeswoman Jenny Dervin, who added that Slater has been removed from duty pending the outcome of that internal inquiry.

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