Ex-Wife Defends JetBlue Flight Attendant in Fracas

Cynthia Susanne calls Steven Slater a "gentleman"

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    We're getting a different perspective on Steven Slater's meltdown. It comes from a passenger. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

    The ex-wife of JetBlue cult hero Steven Slater describes him as a consummate flight attendant who would always act in the most appropriate manner.

    Cynthia Susanne said Thursday she does not believe some passengers' suggestions that he started the confrontation that ended with him exiting a parked plane via an emergency chute at Kennedy Airport.

    She said Slater is extraordinarily tolerant and patient.

    Susanne said she hasn't spoken to him since the incident on the Pittsburgh-New York flight. But she added he probably was as baffled as she was about the attention it was getting.

    Video: "I Thought About it for 20 Years," Says Steven Slater

    [NY] Video: "I Thought About it for 20 Years," Says Steven Slater
    Steven Slater is surprised by all the attention he's gotten after he slid his way out of his JetBlue flight attendant shift. The "hero" admits thinking about how it would be to slide down the chute for the past 20 years -- but didn't expect to actually do it.

    The couple have a son together. She spoke on NBC's "Today" show.

    Slater is out on bail after being arraigned on criminal mischief and reckless endangerment charges.

    Meanwhile, his employer had a little fun with the incident, released a humorous take on the JetBlue blog as Slater's Internet fame showed no signs of slowing.  The now legendary exploit has even been immortalized in a CGI video by the same Taiwanese company that make the Tiger Woods and Al Gore animations.

    JetBlue passengers who witnessed the meltdown say they laughed when they were getting off a plane and heard a curse-filled announcement.

    Instead of being told where to go to find their luggage or catch their connecting flights they heard someone offering an expletive-laden suggestion. Passenger Kati Doebler said travelers gasped and giggled after flight attendant Steven Slater's comments Monday.