JetBlue Tantrum

POSTED: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 8:49am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 12:35pm

Flight attendant exits plane via emergency slide after argument with passenger.

A flight attendant ran out of patience on a plane that just landed at New York's JFK airport Monday afternoon, so he allegedly cursed a blue streak over the p.a. system, grabbed some beers, pulled the emergency chute, slid down and ran from the plane.

JetBlue employee Steven Slater is due to make a first appearance in court today.

He was working on Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh to Kennedy Airport, which landed at around 12 p.m., when he got into a verbal altercation with a passenger.

Witnesses say the argument began when one of the 100 passengers on the flight, got up early to get her luggage from an overhead compartment.

Slater told the passenger to sit back down, but, as he approached, the woman continued to pull her belongings down and struck him in the head with her bag.

Slater asked for an apology but the woman cursed him out according to law enforcement sources who are still sorting out the specifics.

Slater then got on the flight's announcement system and allegedly cursed out everyone on the plane, especially the person who mouthed off to him.

According to police sources he threw his luggage down first and said something to the effect of "there goes 28 years," before he took the plunge.

After getting down the slide, Slater took off into the terminal.

Slater was later arrested at his home in Queens by Port Authority officials.

He is being charged with 2nd-and 4th-degree criminal mischief, 1st- and 2nd-degree reckless endangerment and criminal trespass in the 3rd degree, according to a spokeswoman for Queens DA Richard Brown.

Slater faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted.

No one was injured in the incident.

Slater has also received an outpouring of support from working people around the world who say flight attendants endure hard working conditions and at times, unruly passengers.

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