Slater joked with The New York Times that he's thought about using the emergency chute for 20 years, and that he needs a nap. Watch the interview here.
And on Thursday morning "The Today Show" spoke to Cynthia Susanne, Steven's ex-wife and good friend about claims that he was "inebriated." Susanne replied that she had never known Steven to have a problem with alcohol.
JetBlue has responded to the event on their blog BlueTales, writing "It wouldn't be fair for us to point out absurdities in other corners of the industry without acknowledging when it's about us....Perhaps you heard a little story about one of our flight attendants? While we can't discuss the details of what is an ongoing investigation, plenty of others have already formed opinions on the matter. Like, the entire Internet."
This morning "Good Morning America" showed Steven Slater grinning widely as he left custody last night, telling a journalist "It seems like something here has resonated with a few people, and that's kind of neat."
The Associated Press reports that Steven Slater's father was an airplane pilot.
Prosecutors are asserting that Slater could have injured or killed ground crew workers with the emergency slide, while Slater's defense attorney Howard Turman said his client first made sure there was no one in the slide's path before the deployment.
This morning "The Early Show" visited Slater's home in Queens, where a sign reading "Steve Hero!" sat. Slater posted $2,500 in bail. After journalist asked if he was going to lose his job. "More than likely," he responded.
When asked what he thinks of all his fans, he grinned and said "I appreciate the support."
And, of course, there have already been two songs called "The Ballad of Steven Slater" and a huge outpouring of support on YouTube. See photos of Slater being released last night, and some of the video tributes to him below.
JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater leaves a correctional facility in the Bronx after posting bail, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in New York.
Slater is led from a Bronx correctional facility to an awaiting van by an ABC field producer after posting bail, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in New York.
Steven Slater's MySpace page.
This country needs more folk heroes. Download this song: jonathanmann.bandcamp.com there comes a point in every man's life when he's just had enough we do our best to be polite to keep it bottled up but the stage is set for the rage to get out of control the hate debris and the indignities burn in the soul pile up and take their fucking toll F--- you! F--- all of you! I'm f------ through with this! I'VE HAD IT! I've been doing this for 28 f------ years and I can't take it anymore. And for the f----- a-----who told me to f--- off: f--- you! That's it! I'm done! F--- you all steven slater jetblue 1052 pittsburgh to JFK some asshole told him to fuck off and that just made his day he commandeered and grabbed a beer and spoke his mind he flipped the latch and out the hatch and down the slide and he drove home to sleep by his boyfriends side for 28 years steven slater did his job would you like a drink, tray tables up, please prepare for take off everyday in a million ways he was subjected to the worst kind of impotent rage like a bubble about to burst the executives with their bottom line, how they screw screw screw and the bureaucrats that've got us all taking off our shoes they're safe somewhere out of the glare of the pissed of huddled mass that steven slater faced everyday taking it all up the ass steve slater i wrote this song for you because you said what we've been dying to say i'm sick of feeling powerless to affect any kind of meaningful change if you inspire other ...
Something I threw together just now... Lyrics: Steven was a simple man Workin' on a plane But his working conditions Were driving him insane Oh it really was a nightmare on each and every flight, there were passengers who didn't know their place But Steven drew the line On that fateful August 9 When someone's luggage hit him in the face See you later, Steven Slater Didn't need no escalator Just slid right out that airplane door and ran See you later, Steven Slater You're a first-class hellraiser A flight attendant and a hero of the working man Now Steven was a patient guy But this he couldn't stand No apology was coming So he took things in his hands He jumped onto the intercom And shouted right out loud Bout all the world's injustices To the uncaring crowd And before he pulled the chute, he took some ill-gotten booty A couple beers to drink on the way down He knew he'd said his piece By the time they called police He was packed and on his way out of town See you later, Steven Slater Didn't need no escalator Just slid right out that airplane door and ran See you later, Steven Slater You're a first-class hellraiser A flight attendant and a hero of the working man So when the world's oppressing you And you can't take no more Just remember Steven Slater and slide right out that door
Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who flipped out over a fight with an agitated traveler Monday, has been charged with felonies and elevated to folk-hero status by those who shrugged off allegations that Slater endangered others. (Aug. 10)
Steven Slater has been given trumped up charges for being a hero and standing up for himself. It's becoming more typical of local police departments to treat brave people as criminals. Nobility should never be punished. In fact it should be rewarded and encouraged. What has society come to? The woman who assaulted him should have been arrested by air marshals. She's the real criminal!!!
TV news is repeating Slater's alleged statement that he had been on the job for 28 years. He's 38 or 39 depending on the news source. Either way, critical thinking is not being applied by the reporters.
Read Jaunted.com's "Funniest Tweets About JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven 'Slip N' Slide' Slater."
UPDATE 8/10 4:30pm:
According to the Associated Press, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was suspended by JetBlue on Tuesday pending the investigation. He was smiling slightly as he was led to a Queens courtroom, where a judge set his bail at $2,500.
Slater's defense attorney Howard Turman provided reporters with a slightly different account of events.
From the Associated Press:
Police had said Slater became angry when a passenger defied requests to stay seated, then accidentally hit him in the head with her luggage.
Turman said the dispute had begun earlier, as the flight was awaiting takeoff from Pittsburgh, when two female passengers got into an argument over space in the overhead bins. That's when Slater was struck in the head, Turman said.
After the plane landed in New York, one of the women who had been asked to gate-check her bag was enraged that it wasn't immediately available, Turman said.
"The woman was outraged and cursed him out a great deal," Turman said. "At some point, I think he just wanted to avoid conflict with her."
Prosecutors said Slater also addressed the passengers on the intercom.
"Those of you who have shown dignity and respect these last 20 years, thanks for a great ride," he said, according to prosecutors.
On Monday afternoon, fed-up JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater walked off the job in high style.
As Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh to New York was taxiing to the gate at JFK Airport, a passenger reportedly stood up to retrieve his luggage and Slater asked him to sit down. The Wall Street Journal reports that the JetBlue flight attendant was allegedly hit in the head with by the compartment door or the luggage. He then asked the passenger for an apology, and was denied, receiving an expletive instead.
The attendant--who is also known as Steve Slater-- then reportedly got on the PA system and, according to ABC News, said "To the passenger who just called me a motherfucker, fuck you. I've been in this business 28 years, and I've had it." He then grabbed a beer, activated the emergency chute, slid out the plane, and ran to his car, which was parked in an employee lot. He then drove home.
He was later arrested by Port Authority of New York And New Jersey police at his home in Belle Harbor, Queens. He faces charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.
The New York Daily News reports that Slater was in bed with his boyfriend when the cops arrived to arrest him.
Slater's neighbor Curt Karkowski told the Daily News, "He left with a big smile on his face."
Judy Rochelle, whose son Kenny lives with Slater, told the Daily News "Steven's mother is dying....She has lung cancer. She's had two chemos and the prognosis is not good. They were on their way out to California this weekend to settle her affairs."
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38-year-old Slater was still in custody on Monday night.
JetBlue Airways Corp. released a statement saying it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and Port Authority police to investigate the incident. The company said, "At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crew members at risk."
According to the Steven Slater LinkedIn page, he has been with JetBlue since January 2008 and is a member of the Inflight Values Committee member and chairman of the Uniform Redesign Committee.
Steven Slater's MySpace page says he's been a flight attendant since 1990. He has previously worked for SkyWest, TWA, and Delta.
Slater wrote on MySpace:
Well howdy friends and loved ones! Thanks for stopping by my little piece 'o the web! Chances are I am flying 35, 000 feet somewhere over the rainbow on my way to some semi-fabulous JetBlue Airways destination! Truly, some are better than others. But I am enjoying being back in the skies and seeing them all. The last few years have ssen me grounded, doing the daily grind,'9 to '5-, "real job" thing and hating most of it. Now I am back in the swing of life and having a blast. Can't wait to see where I go next! Beating alcoholism and substance abuse "one day at a time" has opened up new worlds of opportunity for me, and I am so thankful to those who have guided me along the path to successful living, and given me new wings to fly. See you above the clouds....
Slater has since become a folk hero of sorts, receiving an outpouring of support online. Check out the Steven Slater Facebookpage, which appears to be following media coverage of the incident, or a Steven Slater Facebook tribute page or the Free Steven Slater page or I Support Steven Slater page or the I Hate The Motherfucker That Called Steven Slater A Motherfucker page.