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Flight Attendant Allegedly Flees By Opening Emergency Evacuation Chute

New York (CNN) -- Police arrested a male flight attendant Monday suspected of triggering an emergency escape chute on a plane parked at a JFK Airport terminal, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.

Steven Slater was arrested outside the JFK terminal and charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass, said Jennifer Friedberg.

The incident took place just after the JetBlue flight landed when a passenger stood to remove a bag from the overhead bin while the plane was still taxiing, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge said. A male flight attendant exchanged words with the passenger, and the conversation escalated.

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