Flight Attendant Who Exited Plane via Slide Has Now Vanished

Steven Slater had just moved to Tijuana
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2019 4:32 PM CDT
Updated Aug 9, 2019 12:20 AM CDT
Steven Slater leaves a correctional facility in the Bronx after posting bail in August 2010.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

(Newser) – A week after moving to Tijuana, the JetBlue flight attendant who infamously deplaned in 2010 by taking an emergency slide after being cursed by a passenger has gone missing. Friends told police they haven't been able to reach Steven Slater since Sunday, TMZ reports, when Slater had posted on Facebook that he was visiting a nearby monument. California police reportedly have contacted their Mexican counterparts.

Slater had been sentenced to a year's probation after his meltdown at New York's JFK Airport. He received substance abuse treatment and counseling. Slater said he was going to write a book, but that doesn't seem to have happened. (He was brought to mind in 2016 when a female flight attendant did something similar in Houston.)

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