(Oct. 19) —The cheers of “folk hero” have subsided and the emergency slide is re-secured in the airplane. Now JetBlue’s infamous flight attendant Steven Slater — who made arguably the most epic if not ill-advised “I quit” exit in recent memory — has pleaded guilty to one count of felony attempted criminal mischief and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief.
This day was coming the second Slater’s feet touched the tarmac.
Although Slater, who appeared in court today, will not spend time in prison, he is required to complete a yearlong mental health program and also attend substance abuse counseling. Should he violate the terms of his sentence, Slater could face one to three years in jail.
The Internet celebrated the renegade Slater during his 15 minutes of fame on Aug. 9, when the disgruntled flight attendant berated a passenger over the airplane intercom before he grabbed two beers from the beverage cart, exclaimed “It’s been great” and exited via the airplane’s emergency slide. Soon after, Slater resigned from JetBlue. (The Surge Desk still can’t believe we are not making this up.)
The main question for Slater at this point may be whether he can land another job.