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JetBlue Acknowledges Steven Slater Incident

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater talks to reporters after leaving jail in the Bronx, on Tuesday. Louis Lanzano/AP hide caption

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JetBlue broke its official silence Wednesday about the bizarre incident involving its now famous flight attendant Steven Slater who ended his workday in dramatic fashion on Monday.

The tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement came in a company blog post in which the airline avoided sharing any real details about the case but at least put something on the public record. The airline was kind enough to provide links to a CNN news story, however.

Perhaps you heard a little story about one of our flight attendants? While we can’t discuss the details of what is an ongoing investigation, plenty of others have already formed opinions on the matter. Like, the entire Internet. (The reason we’re not commenting is that we respect the privacy of the individual. People can speak on their own behalf; we won’t do it for them.)

While this episode may feed your inner Office Space, we just want to take this space to recognize our 2,100 fantastic, awesome and professional Inflight Crewmembers for delivering the JetBlue Experience you’ve come to expect of us.

Meanwhile, a New York Times reporter got an interview with Slater in an elevator in an Upper East Side apartment building where he spent Tuesday evening. The Times doesn't say how it got past the doorman. That would be revealing sources and methods.

Slater told the Times during the brief elevator interview that he had long imagined leaving a plane by the escape chute and finally, Monday, he did it. But first he directed an angry, profane, vent at an unpleasant customer over a plane's public address system, then snatched two beers before sliding into infamy.