Rogue JetBlue flight attendant freed from Bronx jail to media circus

Flight attendant turned folk hero Steven Slater was in good spirits and cracking jokes last night after being bailed out of a Bronx prison, retaining his good mood even after his cab driver returned him to the joint due to all the media attention.

Slater pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment yesterday afternoon in a Queens courtroom and $2,500 bail was posted for him, although it’s not clear if the Steven Slater Legal Defense Fund on Facebook chipped in. Upon his ejection from the cab, a reported asked if Slater had forgotten something, to which he replied, “my dignity.” But it sounds like he may not have worry too much about the future of his career:

Asked about his plans, Slater cryptically said, “I have some things lined up,” adding that he was looking forward to “a little down time, a little beach time, enjoying the rest of the summer.”

And while Slater was a bit stunned by the massive interest in his story, he wasn’t too surprised it “resonated” with so many people:

“I think some things about this resonated with people,” Slater added, referring to the fact that he essentially told his employers to take their job and shove it after his tussle with a rude passenger over her large amount of baggage.

Interviewed at her home on the West Coast, Slater’s mom sided with her son and said the passenger should have been arrested:

“I think he just had a very small meltdown, and I think he deserves to be able to have that meltdown if you saw the egg on his head where he got smacked,” she said in the driveway of her home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Diane Slater told the station that the passenger should face charges for interfering with an airplane crew member, her son, and “smacking him in the head.”

Authorities said the slide deployed by Slater costs $25,00 to replace once it is used.