If you've ever dreamt of giving upper management and your clients the ultimate f-you and causing a major stir as you quit, well then, one brazen man lived out many people's wildest fantasies earlier this week when he walked out on his job in the most dramatic, yet surprisingly seamless, fashion possible. If you didn't already hear, 38-year-old [now-former] JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater got into a spat with an uncooperative passenger upon landing, thus prompting him to activate the emergency inflatable slide, subsequently sliding down to freedom.
The once proud flight attendant
When I first came across this Gawker article on Monday, my eyes just bugged opened as I kept reading. My first thought was, "This is The Onion mirrored to look like Gawker, right?".
For a second, let's just forget about the financial costs, legal ramifications, and potential hazard that this incident could have caused and let's just look at the facts of the event that gives this story a permanent spot in the history of awesome:
After a commotion and getting hit in the head by an uncooperative passenger during landing, Steven Slater manages to keep his cool.
He then goes on the intercom and delivers a parting speech with some very choice words
Activates the inflatable slide
Grabs two beers from the galley
Slides down the inflatable slide
Runs to his car parked not too far away
Drives home just a few miles away
And I must add that the most amazing part is -- he did all this without incident. Nobody stopped him or got in his way, and he actually didn't get arrested till quite a bit later. It was the perfect escape.
Call it idiotic, egotistical, or what have you, but in the short time since this incident occurred, there has already been an overwhelming outpouring of support for him. At the time of writing, this Facebook fan page created in his honor is just 10k short of 200 thousand fans.
A Hong Kong news outlet did an animated reenactment
There are several tribute songs on Youtube
Just a warning, this second video is NSFW since it has gratuitous use of the f-word, just like Steven Slater's farewell speech over the intercom on the plane
Even Nancy Grace supports him,
And just because, kittens on a slide,
Epicness and jokes aside, there are several lessons to be learnt from this incident, and one of them is a simple one: remember to be nice to your flight attendants. Sure, it can be fun to fly all over the place, but it's still a tough job and they're typically overworked, underpaid, and worse -- under appreciated. You can do your part to fix those things by being cooperative.
Seriously, peoples, listen to your flight attendants when they tell you not to take off your seat belt, stand up, and open up the overhead compartments to grab your things until the plane has come to a complete stop. There's a reason they have these rules in place. Plus, everyone's 100% guaranteed to get off the plane eventually, and most likely the same amount of time. If anyone should be in trouble, it should be the unruly passenger who started this whole thing.
Steven Slater, we love you and wish you the best. Something tells me that you're going to be just a-okay :)
Ever had an incident where you wish you had an inflatable slide in your back pocket? Please do share!
I can't see why everyone is so enamored with this guy. Basically, he got tired of dealing with some of the annoying passengers on his flights and decided to quit in a colorful way. He did something quite dangerous, activating and going down the emergency slide. As the airport went into emergency mode to investigate, this was the equivilent of turning in a false fire alarm. Suppose a real emergency had occurred at the same time and those workers and equipment were not … more
Steven Slater is a loser. As the story develops there are no passengers that can confirm his side of the story, that he was hit in the head by baggage in the overhead storage, or that a passenger was verbally abusive to him. Basically, he went "postal" without the gun! A reason for this behavior has not been given as of yet. What really "burns" me about his behavior is that he now has the unmitigated gall to ask the airline for … more
NEW YORK TIMES 5 Sep 2010 – Sometimes there's no going back. JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater— who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand. Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday that Slater is no longer employed by the airline. She said the airline won't release further … more
I am very happy to see that this loser is getting what he deserves!!! NEW YORK TIMES 5 Sep 2010 – Sometimes there's no going back. JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for famed flight attendant Steven Slater— who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand. Spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday … more
If you work in the service industry, and you've been bossed around by people who think they own you with some degree of entitlement and you stand up for yourself then you cannot be a bad guy. He was doing his job till one mouthy flyer and her giant bag attacked him. If he got stern with her she would have complained and he still would have gotten in trouble for doing his job of telling everyone to stay seated for their own safety, and probably knowing this is my guess why he went all out. Unless … more
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Steven Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue Airways, is known for having made a unique exit from a Pittsburgh to New York flight which had just landed.
As a JetBlue Flight 1052 taxied to a stop at JFK Airport on August 9, 2010, a passenger stood up to retrieve his bag from the overhead compartment. Wishing to instruct the passenger to remain seated, Slater approached him only to have the bag hit his head as it was removed. After Slater asked for an apology, the passenger responded by hurling obscenities at the flight attendant.
Slater returned the obscenities by announcing them over the public address system and then activated his own emergency exit onto the tarmac via the inflatable slide, but not before grabbing two beers from the galley. He slid down the chute, ran to his car parked nearby and drove home where he was later arrested and charged with criminal mischief, trespassing, and reckless endangerment. His bail was set at $2,500.00. Slater pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was held on at the Vernon C. Bain intake center after failing to meet bail.
The identity of the passenger who caused the bag to hit Slater's head and who cursed at him is currently unknown.
News reports did not indicate whether Slater received a concussion when hit on the head, nor whether head injuries might have led to Slater's briefly unpredictable behavior.