JetBlue’s Steven Slater says fame is ‘kinda neat’ as airline admits ‘entire internet’ is obsessed with story

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The flight attendant has attracted millions of online fans on the web after his dramatic behaviour.

The American launched a foul-mouthed tirade on the plane’s PA system before deploying the emergency chute, grabbing a beer and jumping out on to the JFK Airport runway, shouting “That’s it, I’ve had it.”

He was later arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and trespassing, and faces up to seven years in jail if convicted.

He pleaded not guilty at court in New York on Tuesday before being granted bail of $2,500 (£1,500.)

After posting bail, he told reporters: “It seems like something here has resonated with a few people. And that’s kinda neat.”

Slater has become an internet phenomenon since the story broke earlier this month.

On Wednesday JetBlue admitted on its blog that “like, the entire internet” had an opinion on his case.

“The reason we’re not commenting is that we respect the privacy of the individual. People can speak on their own behalf; we won’t do it for them,” the post continued.

Slater has consistently ranked as one of the most popular topics on Twitter and a number of Facebook pages have sprung up, with titles such as “Free Steven Slater” and “I Support Steven Slater.”

One group, dubbed the “Steven Slater Legal Defense Fund,” is seeking to raise money for the airline veteran.

More than 650 people are members of the group, which was founded by Gary Baumgardner, a pilot who pledges transparency in donating all the collections to Slater.

“Free Steven Slater” T-shirts and luggage tags reading “Steve Slater: An American hero” and are also being sold online.

And songs about him have even been posted on YouTube and Jimmy Fallon performed “The Ballad of Steven Slater” on his Late Night programme on Wednesday.

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