Ex-JetBlue worker tells court he feels ‘overwhelmed’
Quitting his job in dramatic style hasn’t eased the stress for former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater.
“I am a little overwhelmed,” Slater said in Queens Criminal Court today, where he updated a judge on the progress of his substance abuse treatment.
Slater, 38, pleaded guilty in October of two counts of criminal mischief — one of them a felony — for an incident last August when he deployed the emergency chute to leave a JetBlue plane after he’d dealt with some frustrating passengers.
The incident cost Slater his job. As part of his sentence he had to agree to pay JetBlue $10,000 to replace the escape chute.
“I’m trying to stay focused and organized and keeping my priorities straight,” Slater explained in court today.
“It’s a very difficult time right now. My mom is not doing so good. She is struggling. It seems like her cancer is getting worse. It’s touch and go every day.”
But Slater said he’s keeping up with his court ordered counseling in New York and in California, where he regularly visits his mother. “Everybody is being very helpful. Great support,” he said.
The judge warned him about the stress of the holidays……….. continued at NYpost.com