Exclusive security video footage of the moment JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater activated the emergency slide and launched himself into notoriety. Keep your eyes on the front of the plane. Read about the Slater video here. For more exclusives, follow NBCNewYork on Twitter
The view from security camera is partially blocked so you cannot see, for example, Slater holding the beers he grabbed before making his leap toward joblessness and fame.
But if you keep your eye trained on the front of the plane on the side opposite the walkway, you can see the chute deploy and Slater slide on by moments later.
Now Slater can watch the moment he dreamed about for nearly his entire career.
"We thought about it for 20 years," Slater told the New York Times earlier this week. "We thought about it. But you never think you're gonna do it."
Meanwhile, his lawyer said on Thursday that Slater would take his job back if the airline would take him.
"JetBlue is a wonderful airline which he has loved working for, and wishes to continue working for," said Slater's attorney Howard Turman. "He understands the problems, but it has been a fair and understanding airline."
Doesn't seem like that's going to happen. JetBlue Chief Operating Officer Rob Maruster late Thursday sent a page-long memo (view .pdf) to the company's nearly 12,000 employees saying that Slater's actions "will not and can not be tolerated."
Maruster also noted that deploying the emergency slide can be very dangerous, which the newly obtained video shows.
"Slides deploy extremely quickly, with enough force to kill a person," wrote Maruster. "Slides can be as dangerous as a gun, and that’s the reason we have intensive initial and recurrent training. It is an insult to all aviation professionals to have this particular element of the story treated without the seriousness it deserves."
That internal memo was quite the departure from a humorous take on the JetBlue blog released earlier this week.
As time goes on, Slater's story seems shakier and shakier. One senior investigator told NBC New York that more than 90 percent of the passengers on the JetBlue plane have been questioned by security officials and no one can corroborate the flight attendant's claims about what prompted him the exit the plane.
But Slater's Internet fame showed no signs of slowing and his legendary exploit has even been immortalized in a CGI video by the same Taiwanese company that make the Tiger Woods and Al Gore animations.
Jonathan Dienst contributed to this report.