JetBlue Flight Attendant Activates Emergency Chute, Is Awesome

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“Good for him!”

A frustrated and furious flight attendant popped open the emergency slide on a grounded JetBlue plane today after an epic breakdown that my friend Malibu Judie so politely described as a “major career limiting move.” The whole imbroglio began when a passenger accidentally knocked luggage into the flight attendant and refused to apologize. The disturbed employee swiftly enacted revenge by spewing out a profanity-laden tirade over the PA system and then activating the emergency slide, which he promptly zipped down (although, not before grabbing two well-needed beers from the galley). He then ran off on the tarmac, disappearing in JFK airport, only to be found hours later in his apartment in Queens where he was arrested for reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

For such brave work, this JetBlue employee earns the Lucille Bluth “Good for her!” award. True, the flight attendant was a male, not a female, but the words — used initially on Arrested Development to laud the fine deeds of a mother who drowned her kids in a pond — seem apt nonetheless.

Further details about this bizarre story can be found here.

UPDATE: The New York Times now has pictures up of the flight attendant, Steven Slater. Check them out here. (thanks jash)

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11 thoughts on “JetBlue Flight Attendant Activates Emergency Chute, Is Awesome

  1. He has probably wanted to do that for a longgggg time and nobody caught it on a camera?

  2. Why is it so hard for some assholes to follow the rules?
    As someone who works with the public under stressful circumstances, I sympathize with this flight attendant.
    I think MissMakin is right. I’ll bet he had a little fantasy playing in his head of what he would do the day he decided enough is enough.

    Someday, there may be a headline, “A Jaded RN goes berserk in a suburban hospital, film at 11.”
    We all have our fantasies.

  3. Why is it so hard for some assholes to follow the rules? As someone who works with the public under stressful circumstances, I sympathize with the flight attendant.

    I think MissMakin is right. I’ll bet he has a little fantasy in his head about what he would do the day he decided enough is enough.

    Someday, there may be a headline, “A Jaded RN goes berserk in suburban hospital, film at 11.”
    We all have our fantasies.

  4. I hate it when impatient people risk injury to others by removing their luggage from the overhead bins when the plane is still moving. Those self-involved jerks should be forced to exit the plane last.

  5. Someday I hope to pop the emergency slide, grab two beers, and quit my job in a blaze of glory. Good for him. People, for the most part, are selfish assholes with no accountability.

    Everyone needs to get scalp massages and drink more tequila. Me included.

  6. Boy oh Boy. If ever there was a “Pay Attention Pu-Lease” moment, this was it. And good for him. He’s my hero of the day. In my little book, this guy deserves a medal. The thoughtless, rude passenger deserves exposure also.

  7. I love this story. The extra bonus of grabbing the beers and exiting in such a dramatic way is even better. Is there anyone among us who DOESN’T hate the assholes who have decided to bring their entire wardrobe stuffed into a giant “carry-on” and then attempt to shove it in the overhead compartments? Of course, this is while holding up everyone else who is just trying to get to their seats…

  8. I saw the footage of his arrest and there is a very visible wound on his forehead from that asshole of a passenger. I guarentee that the people who complain about what he did are people who have never worked in any service type job. I echo the paraphrase of Lucille- “good for him”.

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