Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
In-flight crime
Monday, August 9, 2010: No fed-up flight attendant has ever said "take this job and shove it" quite like JetBlue's Steven Slater. After Slater, a 38-year-old airline veteran, was allegedly struck on the head with an overhead bin door by a disgruntled female passenger, he decided he was done. Directing profanities at some passengers and thanks to others, he grabbed at least one beer, deployed the airplane's evacuation chute and slid down it to freedom at New York's Kennedy Airport. He was not free for long though, and is being charged with felonies while at the same time gaining folk-hero status. Slater was arraigned the next day on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing, counts that carry up to seven years in prison.
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