JetBlue Flight Attendant Who Famously Exited Job Must Pay Airline $10K
Remember Steven Slater? He was the JetBlue flight attendant who caught the world's attention when he made a very dramatic exit from his job with the airline in August 2010. Now the ex-employee has been ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to JetBlue, and says he may move home to Thousand Oaks.Slater made waves on his last day of work with JetBlue when he cursed out a passenger on the loudspeaker, grabbed some beer and inflated plane’s emergency chute. He slid out of the aircraft, walked across the John F. Kennedy Airport tarmac, got into his car, and drove home to Queens.
Today Slater graduated from a court-ordered mental health program, and was given his sentence of "a year's probation for misdemeanor attempted criminal mischief in his notorious case," says MyFoxLA.
The $10,000 fine will be paid back in $831.25 a month payments.
In court, Slater's attorney said his client was contemplating moving back to California. After the famous quitting incident, his mother, former flight attendant Diane Slater said "I can understand why he snapped. I would have snapped, too. In fact, I probably would’ve snapped more than he did." Diane Slater died in January 2011. Slater said he plans to write a book based on his 20 years of flying and concentrate on renovating his parents' California home as 'a loving tribute to them.'"
JetBlue CEO David Barger has said of Slater, "[He] is not a hero in my book."