NEW YORK — A JetBlue airlines flight attendant, Steven Slater, upset after an altercation with a passenger bolted from the plane by deploying and sliding down the inflatable emergency chute on Monday, police said.
The flight attendant was arrested at his home in the New York City borough of Queens after fleeing from John F. Kennedy International Airport. He will most likely be charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, a spokesman for the Port Authority police said.
Slater, who had quarreled with a passenger fiddling with his luggage after landing but before the plane came to a complete stop, swore over the public address system before opening a door, inflating the chute and sliding down, police said.
The JetBlue Embraer 190 flight had just arrived at JFK from Pittsburgh. Its reported that he took over the intercom and called the passenger a “Motherfucker!” and then told everyone, “I’ve been in the business 28 years. I’ve had it. That’s it.” and “You can go Fuck yourselves”
At that point Mr. Slater, 38 deployed the emergency chute and with beer in hand descended down the slide. His car was parked at an employee lot and he drove home. He was arrested 20 mins later by Port Authority police.
Flight attendant swears at passengers and escapes via emergency slide