Police arrest steward following dramatic exit

Police arrest steward following dramatic exit

Police in the United States have arrested an airline steward after an argument with a passenger saw him flee an aircraft via the emergency exit.

According to reports, JetBlue steward Steve Slater accosted a passenger after directions not to open overhead lockers until the plane had come to a stop were ignored.

While attempting to reprimand the passenger a bag from the locker hit Slater in the face, prompting the 39-year-old steward to demand an apology.

Instead of apologising the passenger berated Slater, prompting him to chastise him over the public address system.

Mr Slater then took a beer from the galley, activated the emergency slide and exited the plane.

He then walked to his car and drove off.

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He was arrested at his home in Queens shortly afterward.

JetBlue

Police are continuing to investigate the matter.

A JetBlue statement read: “At no time was the security or safety of our customers or crew members at risk.”

The JetBlue plane was travelling from Pittsburgh to New York, landing at JFK International Airport.

A Facebook group has been started in support of Slater.