1:00 PM EST, December 9, 2011
He's the world's most famous flight attendant. Steven Slater became a folk hero to some, a jerk to others, when he said, take this job and shove it, and escaped down an emergency slide.
INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd, "What's your reaction to Alec Baldwin? Was it passengers like Alec Baldwin that led to your famous airline meltdown?"
"Twenty years of some of those frustrations certainly did take a tole, absolutely. The cell phone conversation is one that you have six or seven times every flight, and it does get very reduntant, and it does get very old," said Slater.
Slater says most celebrity passengers were actually very gracious. But he says he did occasionally find that they were full of themselves, or had anger issues, like those Baldwin is known for.
"Those kind of personalities, there's a sense of entitlement that a lot of people get on the airplane with. And we understand, you paid your money, and you want to get where you need to go, and we want to help you get there. But for $99 to Florida, the Chateau Brion, and the steak and lobster isn't happening anymore," said Slater.
But Slater says the information emerging about what Baldwin did on the American Airlines flight is over the top.
"It does sound like it was very outrageous. And it sounds like the behavior was inappropriate. It's kind of hard for me to comment on inappropriate behavior, considering what happened to me a year ago. But I do understand that ramifications could come from something like that," said Slater.
Slater lost his job at Jet Blue after his own meltdown made front page news back in 2010. He now lives in Las Angeles, and is still paying restitution to JetBlue. He says like Baldwin, he may never live it down.
"I've always been a divisive character since that day. People either love it or they hate this story. I've had people walk up to me and tell me how incredibly unprofessional I am, and I've also had people that want to stop and buy me a drink," said Slater.