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Guess who's back? You get two guesses: emergency exit slide and two beers. That's right; former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater is back, but he's not quite himself. Slater will be played by actor Chad Miller in a new play called Wild Blue, which seeks to tell the story of that fateful day when Slater said screw it and disembarked his plane down in the inflatable slide, though with some Wizard of Oz influence.
Wild Blue, which is a real Broadway play in that it'll go down at the Access Theater on Broadway (way down Broadway) in New York City, opens March 30 and runs through April 9. Here's a little of what to expect:
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2010 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics, encompassing everything from nudie scans to tarmac delays. Needless to say, we're ready for 2011, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2010 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
August 2010 was one of the hottest months of the year, and it was also the month that a certain JetBlue flight attendant reached his boiling point with argumentative passengers. Steve Slater, now forever better known as "Slip 'n Slide Slater," responded to a disruptive passenger by completely going bonkers. After arriving at JFK Airport, Slater got on the PA system to cuss out the passengers, then grabbed two beers and his luggage, opened the cabin door and deployed the emergency inflatable slide, and took off down it and across the tarmac to reach his car.
Slater, who made headlines over the summer by cursing out passengers on his flight and then jumping out of the plane at JFK Airport via the inflatable evacuation slide (with two beers in hand), will be making some money working as the judge of the "Mile High Text Club" contest. The details are still fuzzy, but it has something to do with Slater deciding who has the worst travel horror story, as submitted by text message via a texting service over in-flight wifi. Wait, what? Yea, we're confused too.
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Oh. my. god. Just when you though the world of Halloween costumes couldn't be any more saturated with sexy stewardess outfits, along comes a costume, practically lost in the sea of sexy FAs, that blows your mind. Please welcome the "Angry Steward" outfit, inspired by JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who famously quit his job by jumping out of the plane and down the inflatable slide, with two beers in hand. Congratulations, Slater; you are officially a pop culture joke.
This costume is Ricky's exclusive, and it looks as though they put their best photoshoppers to work making it appear as realistic as possible (ha!). Ricky's is something of New York City institution, though branches of the chain makeup/novelty items store can be found elsewhere. They're the place to go when looking for a costume, and this little Steven Slater delight isn't the only Halloween trick (or treat) up their sleeves.
Oh no, they've got TSA costumes, too...
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JetBlue CEO Dave Barger gave an interview this week to TheStreet.com, declaring that former flight attendant Steven Slater was "not a hero" and blasting Slater's chute deployment stunt as "an egregious act." The talking points fit squarely into the rest of JetBlue's post-Slater strategy, which started from the very beginning with Twitter frowny faces about all the jokes that were flying around.
The airline was wrong about the humor value of the tweetssome of the ones we rounded up at the time were objectively funnybut the rest of their reaction is reasonable. Their frustration isn't just a public show either. JetBlue's internal memos leave no room for doubt about how seriously they're taking the incident. That's what happens when you blow out a slide that has enough force to kill a person.
Without a doubt you've by now heard the story of Steven "Slip 'n Slide" Slater, the 39-year-old Jetblue flight attendant who on Monday, after getting into a verbal fight with an uncooperative passenger while the plane taxiied to the gate at JFK's Terminal 5, unleashed expletives over the PA, grabbed two beers, opened the emergency exit and inflated the evacuation slide and sent himself down it and made a run for home.
As it turns out, he did escape the airport with both beers, his two carry-ons (which he sent down the slide before him) and was later arrested at his home in Queens while in bed with his partner. He's now facing up to 7 years in prison.
A dramatic way to quit his job to say the least, the epic of Slater has now become an internet meme in its own right, spurring animated flicks of the event, discussions on other craziest ways to quit, and even songs. We've been most entertained by Twitter however, as the witty banter continues. Here, we've gathered up some of the funniest tweets on the topic:
Late-breaking (but kinda awesome) news today as NYT's City Room blog states that a Jetblue flight attendant exited his airplane at Terminal 5 at JFK via the inflatable emergency slide. Steven Slater, 39, was arrested at his home not far away in Belle Harbor, Queens. He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
The dramatic finale wasn't a result of issues with the airline, but with an "uncooperative" passenger onboard the flight from Pittsburgh to New York. Says the NYT: