TMZ has posted what it claims is a memo from JetBlue VP-Inflight Experience Vicky Stennes to employees in the wake of The Great Steven Slater Escapade of 2010. When asked if the memo was real, JetBlue told Ad Age, "We don't comment on nor release internal documents." Not exactly a denial. As we wrote yesterday, an airline normally known for its sense of humor and social-media savvy is clearly trying to stay on the right side of the law on this matter -- as well it should.
The memo shows just how serious JetBlue is taking this. Brushing aside media attempts to portray this as the humorous tale of a folk hero, the memo points out: "Deploying a slide is a forceful event and yesterday's deployment endangered, and could have severely injured or even killed crew members working around or below the aircraft." The memo also reminds employees that counseling is available for JetBlue employees.