NEW YORK (
) -Steven Slater, the
flight attendant who slid down an emergency chute into folk hero status earlier this week, is keen to get back to work, according to his lawyer.
reports that Slater, now a media sensation, wants to return to the air after his meltdown at JFK. "His hope is to return to the aviation business," explained Howard Turman, Slater's lawyer, during a press conference on Thursday. "This is a man who only cares about his industry."
Slater was catapulted into the spotlight after his widely-reported
following a Jetblue flight from Pittsburgh to New York, which ended with his famous slide, beer in hand, down the plane's emergency chute.
The flight attendant was later arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, and could face up to 7 years in prison if convicted.
, however, have prompted a massive outpouring of public sympathy. Almost 50% of the respondents to a
poll said that the overstressed worker should be given a break, with just over 15% saying that Slater should feel the full weight of felony charges.
Speaking to reporters outside Slater's home in Queens, Turman said that his client "wants to thank the world for its understanding", and described Jetblue as a "fair and understanding airline."
himself made a brief statement during the 10-minute press conference, thanking the public for its support. "It's been amazing, the support and love - everything that's been brought to me," he said, according to
The Associated Press.
Jetblue and Steven Slater have been hot Internet search trends this week, and the airline was number 5 in
list of U.S. 'hot topics' on Friday.
Slater has reportedly been "released of duty" by Jetblue pending the investigation into the incident.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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