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JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater arrested after sliding away

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Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Steven Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue Airways Corp., was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief after allegedly spewing obscenities over a plane's public address system and then activating the emergency chute before sliding down. Bloomberg's Deirdre Bolton reports. (Source: Bloomberg)

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By DEEPTI HAJELA and SAMANTHA GROSS
The Associated Press
Tuesday, August 10, 2010; 10:32 PM

NEW YORK -- A JetBlue flight attendant who argued with a passenger on a plane before making a grand exit down its emergency slide has been released on bail in New York.

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A spokesman for the city's jails confirms Steven Slater was released Tuesday night. Slater was picked up by a minivan and driven away.

Department of Correction spokesman Stephen Morello doesn't have details on who posted the $2,500 bail.

Slater has been charged with felonies but elevated to folk hero status by thousands of people who shrug off allegations he endangered others and praise him for his take-this-job-and-shove-it moment.

A defense attorney says Slater didn't put anyone in danger on the Pittsburgh-to-New York flight.

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Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers David B. Caruso, Colleen Long and Tom Hays, AP Business writer Samantha Bomkamp, AP Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz, researcher Jennifer Farrar and video journalist David Martin in New York; and Sue Manning in Los Angeles.



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