JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Released On Bond


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JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Released On Bond

By Jim Douglas

August 11, 2010 - On Tuesday a New York judge set bail at $2,500 for JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater who was charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. JetBlue flight attendant, Steven Slater, age 39 was arrested on Monday after getting in an altercation with a passenger on Flight 1052. The flight originated out of Pittsburgh Intentional Airport and landed at John F Kennedy International Airport at 11:40AM 

JFK Airport Authority Police reported that Slater deployed JetBlue?s Embraer ERJ-190 twin engine-jet emergency chute at JetBlue?s gate at JFK airport just after the plane landed and took off into the terminal after he had a heated argument with a passenger over the passenger?s carry-on baggage. Slater will face charges of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. 

Authorities say Slater berated the passenger over the PA system he then grabbed a beer, deployed the aircrafts emergency chute, slid down the cute and ran to his car. Port Authority police officers arrested Slater later at his home in Belle Harbor in Queens. 

Jet Blue released a statement stating that JetBlue was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority Police at New York and New Jersey to investigate the episode and at no time was the security or safety of its customers or crewmembers were at risk.


According to passenger reports, one of the passengers had left his seat to retrieve his carry-on bag from the overhead luggage bend, before passengers were allowed to. Slater instructed the passenger to remain seated. The passenger continued to remove his carry-on bag fro the overhead bin. 

Slater walked up to the passenger at which time as the passenger was pulling his carry-on bag down from the overhead bin hitting Slater on the head. Slater asked the passenger for an apology which lead to the passenger cursing. Slater then got on to the PA system and began cursing the passenger, spoke of his 20 years of service to the industry. Slater then activated the inflatable emergency evacuation slide and exited the plane. (See So You Think Steven Slater JetBlue?s Flight Attendant Is A Hero)
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