[Please note: This was an April Fool’s post.]
Two months ago, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became an American hero when he successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River near Manhattan. Today, many of those closest to Sullenberger say that all the media attention that followed the landing has turned the pilot into “a real jerk.”
“He’s started geting impatient when people make even the smallest mistakes,” said Sullenberger’s wife of 33 years, Mary. “Just yesterday at Costco, the girl behind the counter gave him the wrong change and he yelled at her, ‘I can land an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River, and you can’t even give me the right change for a bottle of Coke!”
Sullenberger, who appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, and the Late Show with David Letterman just after the miraculous landing, has changed his wardrobe as well. According to his wife, he has begun shopping at expensive clothing stores such as Barney’s and Ralph Lauren after formerly only buying his clothes at big-box stores like Target. Sullenberger also recently got his ear pierced and has begun wearing a gold chain.
“My dad even made a Facebook page,” said Sullenberger’s daughter, Elizabeth. “On the ‘About Me’ section, he wrote that he was the ‘biggest hero America had seen in 50 years.’ He’s let this entire thing go to his head.”