Bail Set As Cursing, Beer-Grabbing Flight Attendant Grabs Spotlight

A flight attendant whose profanity-laced tirade has turned him into a folk hero of sorts was in court Tuesday. Steven Slater, of Queens, New York, was expected to post $2,500 bail after being charged Tuesday morning. Authorities say he grabbed some beer and triggered an inflatable emergency chute for a dramatic exit at a JFK Airport terminal in New York. New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said it "appears" Slater was quitting during his intercom flameout on Monday. "It's a strange way to quit, let's put it that way," he said. "I don't think he'll be able to come back". Have you ever lost your cool and your job? Tell us His angry screed over the JetBlue plane's intercom was apparently prompted after a passenger cursed at and shoved or hit Slater. And it's getting an unexpected level of support from folks sympathetic to its "Take This Job and Shove It" bent. It also got him arrested. Police arrested Slater for allegedly triggering the emergency escape chute, a spokeswoman for the district attorney said. He was taken into custody at his home and charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, said Helen Peterson at the Queens District Attorney's Office. The incident took place after the JetBlue flight landed. A passenger stood to remove a bag from the overhead bin while the plane was still taxiing, a law enforcement source said. The source said a flight attendant exchanged words with the passenger, and the conversation escalated. CNN iReport: Have you ever quit your job in dramatic fashion? Oh yes .... it escalated. "To the passenger who just called me a mother f***** f*** you. I've been in this business 28 years and I've had it," he said over the plane's public address system, according to passenger Phil Catelinet's blog.