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A Flight Attendant Quit By Pulling The Plane's Emergency Slide And Walking Away

Once your flight lands, the only thing on your mind is how to get the hell off the plane. On Monday, a flight attendant took that to a new extreme—and no one is sure why.

BY MICHAEL SEBASTIAN | Apr 7, 2016 | Culture

Once your flight lands, the only thing on your mind is how to get the hell off the plane. On Monday, a flight attendant took that to a new extreme—and no one is sure why. 

Shortly after United Airlines flight 1246 pulled up to its gate at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport Monday morning, one flight attendant, according to the local ABC affiliate, opened the front door, inflated the emergency slide, and exited the plane. Her motives are unclear, but United said that it likely wasn't an accident and she's been relieved of her duties for now. 

"We hold all of our employees to the highest standard. The unsafe behavior is unacceptable and does not represent the more than 20,000 flight attendants who ensure the safety of our customers. United is reviewing the matter and they have removed the employee from her flying duties."
 

The plane, which had 159 passengers and six crew members, was taken out of service and later reinstated. Passengers told Houston's local NBC station that they didn't even notice the drama at the front of the plane because a medical emergency was happening in the back. A man was reportedly experiencing breathing difficulties and needed a wheelchair to get off the plane. 

"When we landed, we were told to stay in our seats as de-planing would take a bit longer," passenger Jonah Vella said. "Everything seemed to be pretty standard." 

Monday's incident doesn't seem nearly as extreme, however, as the actions of JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater back in 2010, who, aggravated by a passenger who stood up to retrieve his luggage too soon after a plane landed, got on the P.A. system, unleashed a stream of curses and insults, then grabbed a beer and left the plane. 

From: Cosmopolitan.