People are still confused by this video of a United Airlines flight attendant deploying the emergency slide and casually deplaning a parked Boeing 737 in Houston.
In the video, the female flight attendant rolls out the white carpet and inadvertently makes her media debut. The cushy slide unfurls and inflates with reassuring efficiency, then the woman, who’s still out of sight, tosses her bag out of the plane. She quickly follows her bag’s lead and shoots down the slide, reaching the ground in a bit of a stumble, she retrieves her bag and that’s all we see! This all goes down on the side of the plane opposite the exit tunnel.
It’s all so peculiar! On the one hand, we’re glad those slides really work and people can look pretty cool bouncing down them. On the other hand, does this woman know something we don’t know?
According to reports, the plane landed in Houston around noon from Sacramento. While those nearest the front of the plane likely saw what happened, a medical emergency at the back of the plane distracted many other passengers. After landing, passengers were told to stay in their seats as deplaning would take longer in order to accommodate the gentleman who was having trouble breathing.
No explanation for the flight attendant’s behavior has been given. United Airlines did release this statement, however:
“We hold our employees to the highest standards. This unsafe behavior is unacceptable and does not represent the more than 20,000 flight attendants who ensure the safety of our customers. We are reviewing this matter and the flight attendant is no longer employed by United.”
Honestly, we appreciate the statement, but we were hoping for more answers. Like, why bag before body rather than just holding the bag? And is it bouncy or kind of rigid? How do they keep it so white?
United Airlines has been pissing off a lot of people, including monks lately. Maybe she was just fed up.