Walkoff Walk #HEIST Attendee Breaks News, Appears on TV

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Obviously, we are never going to stop talking about the #HEIST as long as it keeps making news. Especially when one attendee, New York City's own Phil Catelinet, was witness to the most exciting news item of the day. Yes, Phil was on the JetBlue flight home from Pittsburgh in which disgruntled flight attendant Steven Slater lost his shit at an unruly passenger and deplaned via the inflatable emergency slide, essentially ending his 20-year career of serving mini pretzel bags and pointing towards exits.

Phil reported on the incident in his personal blog, leading off the piece with two of my favorite things, field trips and game shows:

I was in Pittsburgh this weekend for Walkoff Walk's annual HEIST meetup -- more on that later -- and I flew back this morning. JetBlue flight 1052 was really uneventful, barely more than an hour. I'm glad I had time to watch all of "The Price is Right" before we landed. I was afraid I'd miss the end of the Showcase Showdown.

Phil then described how he heard Slater unleash his curse-filled tirade over the PA, and how he actually shared a train from the airport with the dude. Phil's witness to this event and detailed blog post got him calls from producers all over the NYC media world and I even caught him on CNN American Morning today.

Here's Phil's quote to the New York Daily News:

"I wish we could all quit our jobs like that," said passenger Phil Catelinet, 36, of Brooklyn, who was on the flight and the AirTrain.

"He seemed kind of happy about it. He was like, 'I just quit my job.' "

I hope your boss didn't see that article, Phil!

Phil made other news, too, having the most complete set of online photos from the #HEIST, including the only known photo of Joe Maddon's cousin doing the YMCA. Thanks, Phil!

UPDATE: Here's Phil on the CBS Early Show:

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I actually heard Phil's voice coming from my mother-in-law's TV and ran in in time to see his interview with Matt Lauer.

I really don't know how you're going to top this for the next Heist, Phil, but I look forward to finding out.

Did you at least get breakfast or a t-shirt for all these interviews?

You couldn't work the word HEIST into the interview?! BAH!


Phony: I got some free green room muffins at each stop.

Wahoo: Please don't say that. I've already seen one story that claims I was the one who started this mess. I repeat: I WAS NOT THE PASSENGER WHO STARTED THIS.


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