Former JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Gets Fine, Probation for 2010 Incident

Steven Slater, the former JetBlue flight attendant who grabbed a couple beers, deployed the airplane’s emergency chute and slide his way out of a job in the summer of 2010 had his day in court Wednesday.

He walked away with a $10,000 fine and one year’s probation after completing a mental-health program ordered by the court. The sentence – even though it comes with a hefty fine – could have been a lot worse.

Slater faced felony charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. He could have been sentenced to seven years in prison for a reaction that stemmed from an altercation from a irritated passenger while a JetBlue plane was waiting on the JFK tarmac.

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Published: October 19, 2011