NEW YORK (CBS 2/ 1010 WINS) — The former Jet Blue flight attendant who had a meltdown is working on a deal to avoid prison.

Steven Slater faced a judge Tuesday morning because of the now-infamous emergency exit escape. As it turns out, his incredible exit cost him his job – but it may not cost him time in prison.

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The famously former flight attendant appeared in Queens Criminal Court, beside his lawyer and his publicist. He faces felony chargers of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief and Tuesday he asked for more time to work out a plea deal with prosecutors.

“We hope to continue those discussions to favorably resolve this matter for Mr. Slater,” said Daniel Horwitz, Slater’s attorney. “He would like to move on with his life.”

The deal would include a psychological evaluation, possible rehabilitation and community service – and could involve anger management.

“Beyond stress-related and mental health issues, it could go to alcohol, substance abuse,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

While Slater’s onboard antics made him an instant hit with frustrated workers everywhere, Jet Blue security personnel and Slater’s prosecutors were not amused.

Brown said he believes Slater now regrets his impulsive slide to stardom.

“The evaluation and the possible participation is, as I’ve said, occurring at the defendant’s request, which represents, in my opinion, a recognition by him of the seriousness of that which occurred,” he said.

In the meantime, Slater is unemployed and is rumored to have received several offers for his own reality TV show.

“I think he’s doing great, all things considered,” said Horwitz.

In exchange for the deal, Slater could emerge without a criminal record, though prosecutors are making no promises. He could begin treatment in the coming weeks.

Without a plea deal, Slater faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Comments (12)
  1. TT says:

    Pete, tell me how he could endanger people’s lives? The guy is no genius and looks like no ill intention. Only stupidity, but to say he endanger lives is comical.

  2. John says:

    Why does everything have to be elevated to a serious crime and time in prison. It would seem to be much better, certainly more fair, to fine him and have him pay for a new door and chute on the plane.

    Please don’t elevate this to the level where he has to serve time.


  3. Sunnygirl says:

    I say he’s already gotten his “15 minutes” and he should just leave it at that! Stop trying to milk it for all it’s worth! Who cares!

  4. tony c says:

    he should have been sucked up by a passing jet engine when he jumped .He quit and should gp to jail.

  5. Steve S says:

    whatever. soon I’ll have more money than any of you could ever even dream of.

  6. Pete says:

    This idiot quit his job when he grabbed the beer and went down the shoot. He said he quit the job case closed. However he could have cost people their lives. He should do some time. What an idiot a disgrace to his profession.

  7. Mary says:

    As a professional Flight Attendant for a major airline, I find his behavior outrageous and to be rewarded for such bad judgment is unacceptable. Yes people test your last nerve, but his lack of professionalism was a disgrace. It’s a sad world when this type of behavior is admired by so many of my peers!

    1. Mario says:

      you are absolutely right !!! I’m with you.

  8. DJ says:

    Gay or not gay – doesn’t matter. He should have been fired, pay a huge penalty to the airline and the state plus barred from ever serving on an airplane again.

    However, with the moral and ethics having been flushed down the toilet, especially in the last 18 months it wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up on TV with some sort of a reality show.

    What happened to our country?

  9. Wade Whitehouse says:

    The guy is gay… of course he has a MySpace page!

  10. satineye says:

    He is so scary looking.

  11. KPMc says:

    Last sentence says he “left JetBlue last week”. I may be wrong but wasn’t he FIRED last week?? There is a difference. The pic says it is from his My Space page… A 40-year old drama queen with a MySpace page? What a hero!

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