Jet Blue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Pleads Guilty, Will Receive Mental Help, Not Jail
Posted on Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:36 PM PDT

stevenslaterguilty200.jpgQUEENS, New York (X17online) - Former Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater, who made international news for cursing out passengers on the loudspeaker, grabbing a beer, and sliding down the plane's emergency chute, pleaded guilty to a felony and misdemeanor charge related to the August incident, Tuesday morning in a New York courthouse. The 39-year-old had been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Slater's one- to three-year sentence has been delayed, but he must enter a year-long mental health program, as well as substance and alcohol abuse counseling.
He has also been placed on a one-year probation, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Steven had been with Jet Blue since 2008, but officially resigned shortly after the incident. He was also the chairman of the airline’s Uniform Redesign Committee and a member of the In-flight Values Committee.

In a press conference directly after the hearing, Slater told reporters, "At the end of the day, I am a grown adult, and must accept responsibility for my actions."

Steven Slater's inflight actions on August 9th made him a instant "working-class" hero, prompting more than 200,000 people to join his public Facebook page.
He is now reportedly weighing several job offers, including a possible reality TV show.