United flight attendant fired after emergency slide exit at IAH

HOUSTON – Sources have confirmed a picture obtained by Channel 2 News features the United Airlines flight attendant who was fired after she intentionally opened an emergency slide.

Video shows Julia Price opening a plane door and inflating the emergency slide after the aircraft landed Monday at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the incident.

According to an official with United Airlines, the incident happened around noon after Flight 1246 landed in Houston after traveling from Sacramento. Julia Price deployed an evacuation slide when the aircraft reached Gate C43 and came to a full stop.

KPRC 2 has exclusive video of the moment the emergency chute on United Airlines Flight 1246 deploys. 

The plane had just landed at IAH around noon from Sacramento.  After the chute deployed, Price first throws her bag to the ground nearly 15 feet below and then she slides down the inflated slide to depart the aircraft.

KPRC 2 spoke with Price's family Tuesday. They said she is doing well and prefers to keep the matter private.

Flight attendants are trained for this sort of thing in an emergency, and Price apparently took that training seriously, sliding down the chute in textbook fashion. Passengers inside Bush were in utter disbelief.

"That's insane. Why?" Traveler Sharon Lovedahl said.  "Why would she do that?"