Watch CBSN Live

No Flight Risk: Steven Slater Free on Bail

A New York City judge has granted bail for a flight attendant accused of cursing out a passenger on an airplane public-address system, grabbing some beer from the galley and exiting on an emergency slide.

Steven Slater is charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Defense attorney Howard Turman asked a judge in Queens Tuesday to release him without bail.

The judge instead set bail at $2,500. Slater smiled slightly as he was escorted into the courtroom.

Flight Attendant Flips Out, Exits Via Chute
Tweeting Passenger on Slater: Funny Way to Quit
Photos: Steven Slater, JetBlue Flight Attendant

Police say Slater lost his temper after a rule-breaking passenger insulted him, then apparently struck the flight attendant in the head while removing a bag from the overhead compartment.

Upset, Slater asked for an apology, and instead, the passenger told Slater off.

Slater then got on the plane's public address system and announced: "To the passenger who called me a 'm***** f*****,' f*** you!"

Slater departed the plane (and, it seems, his aviation career) by opening an exit door, inflating the plane's evacuation slide, and sliding away, beer in hand.

In arguing against bail, Turman said Slater's mother has lung cancer.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue