Flight attendant arrested at New York's JFK airport

08:35, August 10, 2010      

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Police arrested a Jet Blue flight attendant on Monday suspected of triggering an emergency escape chute on a plane parked at a John F. Kennedy International Airport terminal.

Steven Slater was arrested outside the JFK terminal and charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass, said Jennifer Friedberg, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Flight 1052 had just landed at JFK from Pittsburgh around noon on Monday when Steven Slater, 39, got into a verbal spat with a passenger.

Slater, apparently upset with the uncooperative passenger, unleashed a profanity-laden tirade on the public-address system, pulled the emergency-exit chute, slid off the plane and fled JFK International Airport, a law enforcement official said.

In a statement, Jet Blue said it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to investigate the incident.

"At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crew members at risk," the company said, declining to answer other questions about the incident.

Source: Xinhua

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