JetBlue attendant officially resigns

6:07 AM PST 09/06/2010 by Lindsay Powers, AP

Atty: Steven Slater, who wants a reality-show, "was not fired"

Steven Slater has officially resigned from JetBlue, his lawyer confirms to the Associated Press.

The former flight attendant made headlines last month when he screamed obscenities into a plane's loudspeaker system, activated the emergency chute, grabbed two beers and made a grand exit.

Slater left the job on Wednesday. "He was not fired," his lawyer, Daniel J. Horwitz, said over the weekend. He had been suspended since his on-board outburst, which his lawyer attributed to a passenger's "lack of civility." (They reportedly fought as a passenger tried to remove her luggage from the overhead bin before the plane arrived at the gate.)

Slater was later arrested and charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing. He's next due in court on Tuesday.

The longtime flight industry employee (although he spent just three years at JetBlue, he had worked for other airlines for 20 years), is in talks to launch his own reality show and write a book.

"We're getting a huge response from every level. People are reaching out," his publicist, Howard Bragman, told The Hollywood Reporter exclusively in August. "You're definitely not going to see some reality show next week. Our first job is to handle these very serious criminal charges against Steve and then to get as good a resolution as possible. After the criminal charges are handled, we're going to evaluate things."
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