Ruckus at JFK leads to arrest
From New York comes this bizarre tale of aviation antics:
Authorities say a JetBlue flight attendant has been arrested after an argument with a passenger on a jetliner arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport, where the crewmember deployed an emergency slide to flee the aircraft.
Authorities said Steven Slater was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing following Monday's incident.
The 29-year-old Slater was working on a flight from Pittsburgh when authorities say he got into a heated argument with the passenger over carry-on baggage.
Authorities say as the plane was landing, Slater berate the passenger over the public address syetem. They say he then activated the slide, slid down and went to his car.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers arrested Slater at his Queens home.
His attorney's name was not immediately available.
Mateo Lleras, manager of corporate communications for the airline, confirmed that an evacuation slide was deployed on Flight 1005 from Pittsburgh shortly after it parked at the gate.
"There were no injuries and all customers deplaned the aircraft safely through the jetway," Lleras said.
-- Staff and wire reports
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