Steven Slater Quits JetBlue, Agrees to Mental Evaluation
Steven Slater has resigned JetBlue, his lawyer says, adding that his client was not fired.
Following the onboard incident, Slater was put on suspension by JetBlue. He was also charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.
At a court hearing on the criminal mischief charges, Slater agreed to be mentally evaluated for a possible plea deal. According to lawyers on both sides he might qualify for community service instead of jail time.
Slater maintains that the incident on Flight 1052, after the plane arrived at JFK from Pittsburgh, started with an argument with a rude passenger. For his dramatic response, he has been hailed by many as a folk hero.
JetBlue confirms Slater is no longer working for the airline, but declined to give additional details.
Slater, 38, had worked in the airline industry for almost 20 years, and JetBlue for three years.
After his arrest, he was quoted as saying he loved flying and wanted to return to work. There was no word on whether a job with another carrier awaits.
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