NEW YORK, NY – JetBlue Flight Attendant Stephen R. Martin expressed disappointment over not being screamed at on a recent flight from San Diego to New York. Since the mask mandate has been removed, it hasn’t happened even once, and frankly, Martin has kind of started to miss the abuse.
Stephen R. Martin, a 29-year-old flight attendant for JetBlue, worked the entirety of the pandemic. From uncertainty about even having a job, to grueling hours in a sweaty facemask to some of the nastiest and meanest passenger behavior in his 8 years with the airline, Martin had started to question his life choices.
At least once a day a passenger would scream, yell, or make snide comments at him during a flight and it was almost always related to Martin’s polite request for the passenger to wear their mask properly.
So, when a judge ruled the face mask mandate wasn’t lawful, Martin, along with many of his peers rejoiced! Immediately, the temperature in the airline dropped. No more tension. No more yelling. No more screaming. Or babysitting. Or crying.
However, after a recent 5-hour flight to New York, Martin realized he missed the abuse. “Yeah, I’ll be honest, I kinda miss my MAGA buddies. Sure, they were mean, and nasty, and called me all sorts of names, but we had a special connection,” Martin was overhead sharing with another member of his crew as they deplaned before heading to their crashpad.
“I know exactly what you mean! I thought I was the only one feeling this way,” shared Samantha Jones, a flight attendant walking with Martin towards the Lyft line. “In a weird way, I kinda got off on it, you know? Plus, I loved the power we had during the mandate. I mean, we could kick people off a plane if they looked at us sideways. Now, not so much.”
These flight attendants are not alone. In fact, one enterprising flight attendant has started a support group / improv troupe where depressed flight attendants who miss the daily abuse can go and reenact the hate and disrespect they’d become so accustomed to during the pandemic.
The New York-based troupe uses homeless people from the streets of New York to come in and scream obscenities at flight attendants feening for that adrenal high of an unruly passenger. Reportedly, it’s wildly popular with various offshoots starting in several major cities.