A rebel flight attendant who told off defiant passengers and grabbed a beer as he made a dramatic escape from a JetBlue aircraft via the emergency chute has been hit with criminal charges.
Steven Slater, 38, has been arraigned on reckless endangerment charges that could bring him seven years in jail if convicted
Slater appeared before Queens Criminal Court Judge Mary O'Donoghue on charges of first and second degree reckless endangerment, second and fourth degree criminal mischief and third degree criminal trespass.
He was ordered to be held on $US2,500 bail and to return to court on September 7. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Slater was working a Jet Blue flight from Pittsburgh to New York that had just landed when he became entangled in a spat with a passenger.
The steward told passengers to remain seated upon landing. But when a passenger started collecting belongings from the overhead bin, disregarding the instructions, Slater tried to stop the passenger but was hit in the head by the luggage bin and became irate.
He asked for an apology, but instead was cursed at by the cranky passenger.
The frustrated steward grabbed the public address system and swore at the passengers before activating the inflatable evacuation slide.
He launched himself off the plane, ran to the employee parking lot, and left the airport in a car he parked there.
The attendant snatched beer from the galley before jumping on the slide.
His escape was fleeting - police arrested Mr Slater shortly after at his home nearby in Queens
Supporters have been rallying around the angry man on the social networking site Facebook.
No-one was injured in the incident
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