Steven Slater, American Hero, We Salute You


Steven Slater, JetBlue Flight Attendant
Steven Slater, Before Going Rogue
Steven 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!



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APeve... APeveteaux

Whooo! I'd love to start using the term 'Slater'd' for future take this job and shove it moments. Yes?

MomIWant MomIWant


KonaN... KonaNannie

As a former flight attendant, I feel your pain Steven! I never had that kind of guts! Hope the repercussions are worth it tho...good luck!

KatieP. KatieP.

I was literally laughing out loud reading the story in the NYT


My husband was appalled at this story when he was telling me about it last night but I honestly couldn't help but giggle a bit.  While it was a bit reckless and dumb,  I think we have all dreamt of making an exit like this at a job that we hate.

CafeS... CafeSasha

I sense a movie about him coming.

satire satire

Sorry Steven, Yes the general public can be horrid, but the gentleman thing to do would have safely helped all the other passengers off and quit with dignity, not showmanship. You appear to have a bit of manic narcissism.

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