A gay JetBlue flight steward who quit his job by swearing at passengers and leaving the plane via an emergency chute has become something of a folk hero in America.
After an argument with a passenger following the plane’s landing in New York, a fed up Steven Slater (38) is alleged to have used the plane’s PA system to announce his resignation.
“To the fucking asshole who told me to fuck off, it’s been a good 28 years,” said Slater. “I’ve had it. That’s it.”
He then grabbed a beer and his two carry-on bags, triggered the plane’s inflatable emergency chute and dramatically exited the plane before fleeing across the apron at JFK airport.
He was later arrested by police while at home with his boyfriend and has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, which could land him in jail for up to seven years.
A smiling Slater was released on $2,500 bail after appearing in court.
“I think something about this resonated with people. The outpouring of support is very appreciated. I’m overwhelmed, very thankful,” Slater told the New York Daily News.
His meltdown has become the subject of websites and a Facebook page titled Free Steven Slater, which already has over 20,000 fans.