Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater just pled guilty to two criminal counts stemming from his onboard meltdown back in August, and has been ordered to check into a mental health program, including substance abuse treatment.
Slater must also pay $10,000 in restitution to JetBlue for exiting out the emergency chute on one of its planes.
Outside the courthouse, Slater owned up to his antics. According to the video on TMZ, “At the end of the day, I am a grown-up and I have to take responsibility for my actions,” he said. Dressed in a sharp gray suit and sporting his signature mischievous grin, Slater?also thanked his mother and his partner for their support. “It is their kindness that has gotten be through to this day,” he commented.
The Aug. 9 incident happened aboard a JetBlue flight from Pittsburgh that had just landed at Kennedy Airport. Slater cursed at passengers over a loudspeaker, grabbed two beers and then slid down the emergency chute. Police arrested him at his home later that day. Although he claimed he erupted after a confrontation with a rude passenger, others aboard the flight challenged that account. JetBlue initially suspended Slater, but he has since resigned from the job.
Slater’s next court date is Dec. 8.