Oct 19, 2010 2:29 PM by Greg Boyce
NEW YORK (AP) - Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater says he must take responsibility for his actions. The man who became a cult hero with his job-quitting meltdown pleaded guilty to attempted criminal mischief charges in a New York court today.
He admitted he pulled the emergency chute on a JetBlue flight after it landed at Kennedy International Airport. Slater swore at a passenger who he claimed treated him rudely, grabbed a beer and slid onto the tarmac. Under the terms of the deal, Slater must get at least a year of counseling and substance-abuse treatment. If he completes the program to the judge's satisfaction, he'll be sentenced to a year of probation.
Slater has to check in with the court, and could also have to pay restitution to JetBlue. If he doesn't fulfill the requirements, he'll will get up to three years in jail.
Meanwhile, his deed hasn't been forgotten. Some retailers are selling disgruntled airline employee costumes for Halloween.