Steven Slater, Back Before A JetBlue Passenger Drove Him Nuts

UPDATE: Criminal complaint filed against Slater

AUGUST 9--In one of the greatest airline meltdowns ever, a JetBlue flight attendant was arrested today after he allegedly activated the emergency-exit chute, slid down to the tarmac, and bolted from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The flight attendant, Steven Slater, was later arrested at his Queens home and charged with criminal trespass, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief. This felony/misdemeanor mix carries a maximum of seven years in prison, according to a spokesperson with the Queens district attorney's office.

The 39-year-old Slater’s bizarre departure from the Embraer 190 jet was apparently triggered after a dispute with a passenger who began removing his luggage from an overhead bin before the plane had arrived at the gate. The JetBlue flight had arrived from Pittsburgh at about 11:40 AM with about 100 passengers.

After the confrontation with the passenger escalated, Slater got on the plane’s public address system and began cursing. That’s when he allegedly activated the chute and exited the plane (presumably leaving behind shocked passengers and crew members).

Slater is seen above in a photo from his MySpace page. He is pictured holding his JetBlue crew ID card, which was scheduled to expire February 28, 2012. At least until this afternoon.

Comments (18)

now corporate america uses police power to enforce corporate policies. your future is a jack boot on the back of your neck. people get the government they deserve.
You people are frightening. Do we REALLY want the federal government involved in incidents like this, a minor altercation between a passenger and a flight attendant? No one got hurt-- no one was even endangered (regardless of what the charges say). Using the Patriot Act to allow the Feds to intervene here is like using a nuke to kill that pesky fly in your house.
There's a reason why flight attendants don't carry guns....... The passenger was an a$$hole and should have been soundly beaten by the rest of the passengers/crew.
Which makes us wonder- what set Steven Slater off? Really Steven, what pissed you off that much? Did them wenches not make enough eye contact with you, was it a bumpy flight, that some idiot refused to say sorry to you thus shocking your moral superiority, was it that time of month or was it simply something you’ve been waiting to do all these years…? http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/08/why-did-jet-blues-steven-slater-...
I hope the plane has landed. One poster opines that he hope he doesn't lose his career. Ya gotta be kidding?? Hell, give him a medal and move him up to right seat. Quality drama queens are hard to find. congress and the senate are the worse.....with the teleprompter people making a strong effort in the far turn. Titanic Boy needs more training
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The passenger probably called him a ***...and, he was upset because the passenger hit the nail right on the head.
This Smoking Gun article indicates that the passenger trying to remove HIS luggage during the flight was a male. But according to NBC the passenger was a woman. I'm guessing NBC got it right and Smoking Gun got it wrong.