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The internet has wasted no time in celebrating the dramatic resignation of air steward Steven Slater.

Slater, 39, took exception to a jetBlue passenger who "refused to apologize after accidentally striking him with luggage" as Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh taxied to a halt at New York's JFK airport yesterday.

Instead of an apology, Slater got a quick "fuck off" for his trouble. He immediately got on the plane's PA system, declared "To the passenger who called me a motherfucker, fuck you", and swiftly "activated the plane’s inflatable emergency slide, grabbed two beers from the galley, then slid down the chute".

Slater made good his escape from the airport, but was later cuffed at his Queens residence and charged with "reckless endangerment and criminal mischief".

The Wall Street Journal has more on what may be the greatest resignation statement in history, right here. ®

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