We all daydream of making some grand flourish when we quit a job. Here’s a guy who actually did it.
According to numerous media accounts, Steven Slater, 38, who had been a flight attendant for years, was on a JetBlue plane the other day that had just landed at JFK airport. The plane wasn’t at the gate yet and some passenger jumped up and started to get his bag from the overhead compartment.
We’ll pick up the New York Times account of the story from here: "Mr. Slater instructed the person to remain seated. The passenger defied him. Mr. Slater reached the passenger just as the person was pulling down the luggage, which struck Mr. Slater in the head.
"Mr. Slater asked for an apology. The passenger instead cursed at him. Mr. Slater got on the plane’s public-address system and cursed out the passenger for all to hear. Then, after declaring that 20 years in the airline industry was enough, he blurted out, ‘It’s been great!’ "
Slatter then grabbed a beer from the beverage cart and, according to the Times, "activated the inflatable evacuation slide at a service exit and left the world of flight attending behind."
Once on the ground he ran to his car in the employee parking lot and went home.
Unfortunately for Slater, he was later arrested. Evidently you can’t just deploy an airplane’s evaculation slide if you’re pissed at a passenger. "According to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Slater was being charged with 2nd- and 4th-degree criminal mischief, 1st- and 2nd-degree reckless endangerment and criminal trespass in the 3rd degree," CBS News reported.