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JetBlue attendant in famous meltdown due in court

NEW YORK (AP) - The former flight attendant whose famous New York City meltdown landed him in court is scheduled for another hearing and may avoid jail time.

Steven Slater was scheduled for a hearing Tuesday. He's charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

The incident occurred Aug. 9 aboard a JetBlue Airways Corp. flight from Pittsburgh that had just landed at Kennedy International Airport. Slater got on the loudspeaker, cursed at passengers, then slid down the plane's emergency chute with a beer.

Slater was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and may be eligible for an alternative sentencing program. That means instead of jail time he would face treatment or community service, or both.

He's resigned from JetBlue. His unusual departure made him a cult hero to some.


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