Steven Slater, Before Going RogueSteven Slater, a JetBlue flight attendant, yesterday acted out America's collective fantasy with more flair and "f-bombs" than we ever even dared to dream of using.
Who among us hasn't secretly yearned to quit her job when it becomes unbearably annoying? And who hasn't seen (or worse been seated next to) an obnoxious passenger on a plane who deserved to be told off?
In case you're just catching up on the story, here's the awesomeness that went down yesterday:
Slater's plane landed at JFK after an uneventful flight from Pittsburgh. A passenger stood up to get their suitcase from the overhead compartment before it was time to do so. Slater told the passenger to sit down. The passenger ignored him AND hit him on the head with the suitcase. Slater asked for an apology. The passenger refused to apologize. And this is when Slater LOST IT. He grabbed the plane's intercom and announced:
"To the fucking asshole who told me to fuck off, it's been a good 28 years. I've had it. That's it."
Then he grabbed two beers from the galley, activated the emergency slide, threw his carry-on bags down the slide, and made a dramatic escape from the plane.
How amazing is that story? Steven Slater is a brave and reckless modern day hero who now has over 25,000 fans on Facebook (and growing by the second). Free Steven Slater t-shirts are sure to be a collector's item. He's even trending on Google AND Twitter. Will the glory ever fade?
Now, of course, there are some pretty big downsides to actually living out the fantasy like Slater did. Like, for instance, losing your job. And being charged with crimes that could land you in jail for seven years.
But, just for today, we'll brush aside these petty consequences and raise a $6 beer from the beverage cart in honor of Steven Slater, a hero with courage and flair who taught us all what it truly means to go rogue. Cheers!