August 17, 2010 3:08 AM

Commentary: The lost art of simple courtesy

Can we be candid here? Can we just say this plainly? The public is a bunch of rude, obnoxious jerks. So it is small wonder the tale of Steven Slater has hit a nerve. The precise sequence of events is still being sorted out at this writing. The initial story was that Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue, got into it with a woman who cursed him when he asked her not to stand up to retrieve her bags while the plane was still taxiing. At some point, Slater was apparently hit in the head; his attorney says the woman slammed the storage bin on him.

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