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Story pick: Flight attendant's mad getaway

Today's pick falls under the "deliciously weird" heading.

First, I love Ray Rivera and Andy Newman's understated headline on their New York Times City Room blog: "Flight Attendant Uses Emergency Slide to Escape Dispute."

Next, I love how they use a droll, just-the-facts style to tell the bizarre story of Steve Slater, a JetBlue flight attendant losing it on the public address system, pulling the emergency exit chute and sliding off into the sunset. No high-flying metaphors or puns. They just get out of the way and let the unbelievable story tell itself.

And finally, the ending is priceless. "In addition to serving as chairman of JetBlue’s uniform redesign committee, the LinkedIn entry says, Mr. Slater serves on the airline’s in-flight values committee."

Enjoy the ride.

[Editor's note: Some like their fabulous tab stories told in the understated elegance of this New York Times dispatch. And some--count me in this bunch--like their glorious tab tales told the old-fashioned way, with a wallop, as in this New York Daily News rendition of the same yarn. Daily News reporters Alison Gendar, Oren Yaniv and Dave Goldiner had me from this priceless lede: "The plane had just landed, but he was ready to take off." (Vastly better than the rival New York Post's "Coffee, tea or -- I'm out of here!")]

By Brigid Schulte  | August 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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