UPDATE: Upset Flight Attendant Activates Chute, Goes Home
MSNBC.COM - A JetBlue flight attendant got into an argument with a passenger on a jetliner arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport Monday, then grabbed a beer from the galley, deployed an emergency exit slide and fled the plane, authorities said.
And though he could be seen smiling as authorities led him away from his nearby home in the Belle Harbor section of Queens, Steven Slater's acquaintances and his apparent profile on a social networking site indicated that he has been dealing with some stressful events in his life.
Slater was awaiting arraignment Tuesday in the New York City borough of Queens on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing. He remained in custody overnight.
By Monday night, several Facebook pages had been set up in tribute to Slater, who is facing charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing, with many users of the social networking site expressing support for him for walking off the job. One such page had more than 5,000 fans early Tuesday.
Twitter users also showed support, with declarations such as "Steven Slater is totally my new hero" and "Steven Slater for SNL host!"
Slater was working on JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh when he got into an argument with the passenger, who was pulling down baggage from an overhead bin, the Port Authority said.
The luggage apparently hit Slater in the head and he asked for an apology, but the passenger refused, the agency said.
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