Former JetBlue flight attendant considers plea deal

In this Aug. 10, 2010 file photo, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater leaves a correctional facility in the Bronx after posting bail in New York. JetBlue spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said Saturday that Slater is no longer employed by the airline.

NEW YORK — A former JetBlue flight attendant accused of cursing out a passenger and sliding down an emergency exit chute is working on a plea deal.

Steven Slater appeared Tuesday in a New York City courtroom for a brief hearing on criminal mischief charges.

Attorneys on both sides said a deal was being discussed.

Slater also was charged with reckless endangerment and trespassing after last month's meltdown aboard a JetBlue Airways Corp. flight from Pittsburgh that had just landed at Kennedy International Airport.

JetBlue Airways says that there will be no second exits for Slater, who captured the nation's imagination with his profanity-laced loudspeaker tirade and jump down a plane's emergency chute, beer in hand.

Defense attorney Daniel J. Horwitz has said the passenger's "lack of civility" prompted his behavior.

Slater became water cooler talk for days after his Aug. 9 meltdown. Online groups canonized him as a hero or vilified him as a cranky brat.

He left JetBlue last week.