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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

By Michael Bolden  | August 9, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
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Only in NYC, where arguing in public has been raised to a fine art! (LOL... and I say this as a native NYer myself.)

Posted by: nan_lynn | August 9, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

While I'm sure that I would have been upset and a little bit scared if I had been on that plane, the flight attendant was in the right to tell the passenger to remain seated when the plane was still taxiing. (Also, other sources report that the passenger struck him during the altercation, so why wasn't the passenger arrested, too?) You got to give that flight attendant credit for making a big splash as he quit -- loads of us daydream about making equally dramatic exits from our jobs. But he likely already regrets doing it.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | August 9, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing"

Really? It's one thing to fire a guy for being a jackass, it's another to have him arrested on trumped-up charges.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 10, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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