Monday, August 09, 2010

Take this job and shove it!

A Jet Blue flight attendant on Monday quit his job on the spot while his plane was on the tarmac at Kennedy International Airport. It's a safe bet that the way he chose to quit isn't covered in any human resources manual currently in print.

From the New York Times:
On Monday, on the tarmac at Kennedy International Airport, a JetBlue attendant named Steven Slater (above left in a happier mood), decided he had had enough, the authorities said.

After a dispute with a passenger who stood to fetch his luggage too soon on a full flight just in from Pittsburgh, Mr. Slater, 38 and a career flight attendant, got on the public-address intercom and let loose a string of invective.

Then, the authorities said, he pulled the lever that activates the emergency-evacuation chute and slid down, making a dramatic exit not only from the plane but, one imagines, also from his airline career.

On his way out the door, he paused to grab a beer from the beverage cart. Then he ran to the employee parking lot and drove off, the authorities said.
The New York Daily News has a great shot of the guy being arrested and adds some extra detail in prose tailor-made for its blue-collar readership:
The plane had just landed, but he was ready to take off.

A JetBlue flight attendant blew his top, grabbed a beer and bolted out an emergency slide at Kennedy Airport on Monday - then headed home to have sex with his boyfriend.

After he was bonked in the head by a bag, Steven Slater stunned passengers by spewing profanity and ranting about quitting as the flight from Pittsburgh pulled up to the gate around noon.

"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, according to a passenger on board.

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.
And so it goes.....

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