If or when "Flight Attendant Gone Wild" Steven Slater posts bail and gets out of jail, he will find that he is now a Facebook celebrity, with tens of thousands of people "liking" him.
The JetBlue flight attendant instantly became a worldwide sensation Monday when he cursed at a passenger over the intercom, grabbed a couple of beers, then activated the emergency chute and slid off of a plane after it landed at Kennedy Airport in New York.
Slater pleaded not guilty to criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing charges at his arraignment on Tuesday. Bail is set at $2,500.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said deploying the chutes was a very dangerous action.
"The emergency chute deploys at 3,000 pounds per square inch within seconds and could easily injure or kill ground crews or others on the tarmac who are unaware the chute has been activated," he said. "This would have been a far different arraignment if someone had been standing under the emergency chute when it deployed.”
Literally overnight, several fan pages dedicated to Slater and his wild rant popped up. The most popular one has more than 25,000 who "like" it at last count.
Some of the comments in support of Slater include:
"How many times have I wanted to do this to one of my customers who feel that it's perfectly okay to be an A**HOLE. You are my HERO."
"Steven! Thank you for STANDING UP and demanding respect for us all! Looks like you have an incredible amount of support behind you. Wishing you all the best, buddy!"
"I LOVE IT! You stuck up for every one of us who has had it with rude, obnoxious behavior! What happened to human kindness...treating others how we would like to be treated?"
"I think he can't believe the amount of attention he's getting," Slater's lawyer Howard Turman told reporters outside the courthouse.