You’ve heard about the great escape of Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater and you know he was arrested for it, but everybody was looking high and low for a video of some portion of his “take this job and shove it” escape and coming up empty. Â No longer. Â A video obtained by NBC New York from the airport security cameras shows the actual slide.
Well, sort of… It shows the deployment of the emergency exit chute and a dark figure entering the yellow chute, then disappearing behind a view-obstructing pole. Â The video lasts 40 seconds. Â You see the black figure for less than a second as it enters the yellow tube from the Jet Blue plane, which is attached to the deplaning ramp.
Although it isn’t all that exciting, the video is proof of the end of the incident that has attracted national attention. Â Although it doesn’t show a triumphant Steven Slater striding off, chugging one of the Blue Moon beers he happened to snag on the way out the door, the video just might be enough to help snag Steven Slater some prison time.
The incident happened after a Jet Blue Pittsburgh to New York flight. Â When a passenger went to retrieve baggage from an overhead compartment, Slater told her that safety regulations precluded anyone from taking down luggage while the plane had not come to a complete stop. Â She insisted on getting her luggage and the bag allegedly hit Slater in the head. Â He asked for an apology. Â She refused, allegedly cursing him. Â Having already been in one altercation at the beginning of the flight, the attendant walked away…
…and found the plane’s PA microphone. He said, “To the passenger who called me a ‘m***** f*****,’ f*** you! I’ve been in the business 28 years. That’s it. I’m done.”
He then grabbed two beers from the galley, engaged the plane’s emergency exit chute and slid into pop culture fame.
He was also arrested and charged with 2nd- and 4th-degree criminal mischief, 1st- and 2nd-degree reckless endangerment, and criminal trespass in the 3rd degree. Â He could go to prison for up to seven years.
Meanwhile, he gets to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame. Â He has become a folk hero to the frustrated working class, the average worker that puts in his 9-to-5 day after day, just dreaming of making such an exit from a job that has become more of a burden than it is enjoyable. Â There are t-shirts that commemorate his slide that say “Slidin’ with Steve” or “Quitting In Style.” Â NBC’s Jimmy Fallon wrote a general pick-me-up drinking song where the repetitive refrain is “Take two beers and jump.” Â There are Facebook pages dedicated to the man and his flamboyant act of workplace separation. Â His own Facebook account now boasts over 205,000 “I like this” fans. Â And there are rumors he’s been asked to do reality shows…
Agree with his method or find him irresponsible, Steven Slater has become famous. Â Unfortunately the video will not add much to it.