UPDATE: Yes, But Did the Fleeing Flight Attendant Grab the Craft Beer!?

August 17th, 2010

OK, this is only marginally beer-related (and almost surely not craft beer-related), but it is the best story of the day you will find that has some sort of connection to beer.

A jetBlue flight attendant upset because a passenger refused to apologize after accidentally striking him with luggage, allegedly spewed obscenities over the PA system, then activated and slid down a plane’s emergency chute before disappearing into a terminal at John F. Kennedy airport Monday, an airport official said.

JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh had taxied to a stop at Terminal 5, Gate C around noon Monday when flight attendant Steven Slater, 38, was struck in the head with luggage that a passenger was trying to unload from an overhead compartment, according to an airport official with knowledge of the incident.

Slater demanded an apology from the passenger, the official said, but the passenger refused. The two argued before the passenger told Slater to  “f— off”, the official said. The official said that Slater then got on the plane’s PA system and directed that same obscenity at all the passengers and added that he especially meant it for the man who refused to apologize.

Slater is alleged to have then activated the plane’s inflatable emergency slide, grabbed two beers from the galley, then slid down the chute, the official said.

So now you have two people recommended by Barbeerians to invite to your next party. You’re welcome.

UPDATE: Sadly, TMZ is reporting that our hero, Mr. Slater, is no longer our hero. He–and I can barely say this without breaking out in tears–grabbed two Blue Moons before fleeing down the inflatable shoot. Sorry, Steven, but your 15 minutes of fame on BarBeerians are now officially over. UNINVITED FROM FUTURE PARTIES.

Flight Attendant Pops Emergency Chute, Escapes Plane at JFK — The Wall Street Journal

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    Matt is a freelance journalist, fiction, and nonfiction writer. He recently graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a degree in English and a subconcentration in creative writing. Matt enjoys watching Arsenal soccer games, Michigan football, and all things beer—especially stouts and anything imperial. He can be reached at mbemery@gmail.com.

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    • Beermadeclear

      Ha! What a kick@ss flight attendant. Wonder if he's a Pittsburg guy, maybe they were Iron city cans…