JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was arrested in Queens Monday following a dramatic exit from a Pittsburgh to New York flight after an altercation with a passenger. Steve Slater, 39, reportedly got into an argument on the tarmac with a passenger who wouldn’t listen to his directions.
According to the Jetblue flight attendant, the woman stood up and started pulling down her luggage while the plane was still moving after landing in New York. Slater reportedly says he asked the woman politely to close the overhead bin and sit down until the plane came to a full stop. In response, Slater says the woman called him derogatory names and “maliciously” hit him in the head. It’s unclear whether Slater was hit with a piece of luggage or the edge of the overhead bin lid.
Regardless of exactly what happened, Steven Slater decided he had had enough. The Jetblue flight attendant launched into a loud rant over the intercom after the incident. “To the passenger who called me a mother-f**ker, f**k you. I’ve been in this business 28 years. And that’s it, I’m done.”
Steven Slater then allegedly grabbed a beer from the galley, threw open an emergency door, deployed the emergency slide, threw his luggage down it and exited the plane down the slide.
Slater was arrested several hours later by New York Port Authority officials and charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.
Since news of Slater’s spectacular exit from the plane – and his job – the Jetblue flight attendant has already become something of an Internet folk hero. Just check out Twitter or Facebook to find thousands of Slater’s new fans. We’re sure plenty of people out there would love to make such a brazen exit from their much-hated jobs, except maybe for the whole getting arrested thing.