• Tue, Aug 10 2010

Why We Love The Flight Attendant Who Fled JetBlue

When I heard that flight attendant Steven Slater activated the inflatable slide in order to flee the Jet Blue plane he was working on I thought to myself, “Good God, that man is my hero. That man is AMERICA’S hero.”

According to the New York Daily News:

“To the fucking asshole who told me to fuck off, it’s been a good 28 years,” Slater, 38, purred, cops said. “I’ve had it. That’s it,” he added, a passenger said.

The mad-as-hell steward grabbed a couple of brewskis and popped one open before activating the emergency exit, witnesses told airport employees.

After tossing his two carry-on bags on the slide, he followed them to the tarmac.

Look, we’ve all worked customer service jobs. Or at least, most of us have. And with a 10% unemployment rate, if you haven’t yet, there’s still a good chance you’re going to. And, at least when I worked at one of those jobs, I fantasized about doing this every. single. day.  The grabbing the brewskis and screaming “fuck you, motherfuckers” part. Not the inflatable slide part. That was more awesome than I could ever have imagined.
The Gloss office would like to say thank you, Steven Slater. Thank you for getting mad as hell and not taking it any more in the way that we never did. Thank you on behalf of the former cocktail waitresses who served shots while dressed up as a “sexy pirate” (me). Thank you from the people who spent hours folding and refolding all the t-shirts at the Gap (Lilit). Thank you from the babysitters. Thank you from the assistants. Thank you from those of us who cleaned other people’s toilets for money. We’d say thank you from the former flight attendants, but we can’t, because no one has had a job that tough. Steven Slater, you are a folk hero for all of us, and we salute you with our seats in their full upright position.
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  • Lindsay Hartman

    Jennifer and Lilit, I would just like to share that I was a sexy schoolgirl cocktail waitress… and I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch. At the same time. Seriously…. Steven Slater is a hero!

  • Lilit Marcus

    Not only did I fold T-shirts, it was at Gap Kids.

  • thehawk

    I was a busboy. Damn, I wish I had quit like Steven Slater! What a way to go out.

  • Patrice

    “He was grinning as police walked him in handcuffs to a squad car. “He left with a big smile on his face,” said neighbor Curt Karkowski.”

    He’d probably played the scenario out in his head a million times. It’s like the Make A Wish of resignations.

  • Colleen

    This guy is AWESOME!
    I think it was the perfect way to react to an asshole whacking you in the head with his luggage.

  • emmajulie

    he’s got serious cajones. good for him. i worked ONE customer service job my entire life and the world was lucky i didn’t bring in an uzi to take out half the room people are SH*TS!

  • Alida Rose

    He is an amazing, amazing man. And my hero. Bravo, Slater.

  • Kitsey

    hahaha. love this!

  • Joe

    I would like to find a way to send money to this guy. He should be compensated for his heroism!

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