JetBlue Flight Attendant Pleads Guilty; Avoids Jail Time
Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who made an abrupt emergency chute exit from a plane at JFK - - and from his career -- has pleaded guilty to one count of felony attempted criminal mischief and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Slater will not go to prison. A one-to three-year sentence was delayed by Supreme Court Judge Marcia Hirsch. His deal requires that he enter a year-long mental health program and also receive substance and alcohol abuse counseling.
Slater also agreed to reimburse JetBlue $10,000 -- the cost for repairing the chute.
Slater's August 9 outburst became a global sensation as some considered him a hero of the working man after he initially said he had been hit in the head with luggage by a rude passenger. Nobody was hurt as Slater famously grabbed a couple beers and slid out the plane's emergency chute.