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Associated Press, Published August 10 2010

NY judge grants bail for angry flight attendant

NEW YORK — A New York City judge has granted bail for a flight attendant accused of cursing out a passenger on an airplane public-address system, grabbing some beer from the galley and exiting on an emergency slide.

Steven Slater is charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Defense attorney Howard Turman asked a judge in Queens on Tuesday to release him without bail. The judge instead set bail at $2,500. Slater smiled slightly as he was escorted into the courtroom.

Police say Slater lost his temper after a rule-breaking passenger hit him on the head with luggage.

In arguing against bail, Turman said Slater's mother has lung cancer.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.