How To Quit A Job: JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater’s Dramatic Departure

August 10th, 2010 // Leave a Comment

By now you’ve heard the story about Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who had enough shit from passengers, told them off via the PA system, grabbed some beers and exited his job (and the plane) in the most dramatic way possible: the emergency slide.

“To the f—–g a–hole who told me to f–k 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.

Slater had worked for the airlines for 20 years and while some admire the way he quit his job, others felt it was highly unprofessional and safety risk. Port Authority police said it took JetBlue 25 minutes to report the incident, allowing Slater time to leave the scene.

Cops found him at home with his boyfriend when they arrived to arrest him at a beachfront home in the Rockaways with a porch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, sources said.

He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. If convicted, he could spend up to seven years in prison.

A JetBlue co-worker who was on the flight called Slater a working-class hero. “It’s something we all fantasize about,” she said. “But we have kids and a mortgage or are just too chicken – or sane – to go through with [it].”

I always envisioned quitting my job to the soundtrack of “Best Of My Love” while throwing roses at all my coworkers. I haven’t done it. Yet…YET!

By Justin Thompson

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