Heroic JetBlue Flight Attendant Charged
Cops: Chute could have injured ground workers
Flight Attendant Rage Complaint
AUGUST 10--Here’s the criminal complaint filed today against Steven Slater, the flight attendant who yesterday took an unorthodox departure from a JetBlue aircraft at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
According to the complaint, Slater, 39, caused damage to an emergency escape slide when he activated the chute, which will costs more than $25,000 to replace.
Additionally, by deploying the slide, Slater could have injured members of the ground crew working below the plane, according to a JetBlue security officer interviewed by cops. The escape chute “is deployed at three thousand psi and can cause serious physical injury or death if it strikes the people working under the aircraft,” investigators noted.
The complaint discloses that Slater admitted “both verbally and in written form that he intentionally activated the aircraft emergency slide and did exit the aircraft via the emergency slide.”
In a court appearance this morning, Slater’s bail was set at $2500. He did not enter a plea in connection with the complaint, which charges him with a mix of felonies and misdemeanors carrying a maximum prison term of seven years. (2 pages)