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US Eases Travel Restrictions to Cuba

The White House is easing up on travel restrictions to Cuba. The plan has been the works for a while. However, not every on is board the Administration  decision. From The Miami Hearld:

The Obama administration Friday said it will allow for more U.S. travel to Cuba, making it easier for schools, churches and cultural groups to visit the island.

A senior Obama official told The Miami Herald the much-expected move to expand cultural, religious and educational travel to Cuba is part of the administration’s continuing “effort to support the Cuban people’s desire to freely determine their own future.

President Barack Obama is also restoring the amount of money ($2,000) that can be sent to nonfamily members to the level they were at during part of the Clinton and Bush administrations. There will be a quarterly limit on the amount that any American can send: $500 per quarter to “support private economic activity.”

The administration also will restore the broader “people-to-people” category of travel, which allows “purposeful” visits to increase contacts between U.S. and Cuban citizens.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, assailed the revision, saying they “will not help foster a pro-democracy environment in Cuba.

“These changes will not aid in ushering in respect for human rights,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “And they certainly will not help the Cuban people free themselves from the tyranny that engulfs them. These changes undermine U.S. foreign policy and security objectives and will bring economic benefits to the Cuban regime.”

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December 2010 Blizzard Caught NYC Off Guard

It’s been Five Days since New York City and the North East US was Slammed by a powerful Nor’easter which left 2 feet of snow. Side streets are very slowly cleaned up. Planes are barely leaving the areas three major airports John F. Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark/Liberty International. First Responders stranded and unable to get to treat the sick, injured, and newly born. Everyone is blaming Mayor Michael H. Bloomberg.

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The Deep South is Snowbound, Storm Heads to Northeast

The storm which slammed California with torrential rain and high winds aided by a strong pineapple express  and caused floods, mudslides, avalanche conditions. The storm left blizzard conditions to the Great Plains and the Midwest brought Snow to the south is projected to become a powerful nor’easter. From AP Via Yahoo News:

A winter storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South was barreling up the East Coast early Sunday, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City and New England.

Airlines canceled hundreds of Sunday flights in the Northeast corridor, with more likely to come as the storm intensifies.

Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency early Sunday or Saturday night. As North Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy highways, Mid-Atlantic officials spent Christmas Day preparing for up to a foot of snow, plunging temperatures and high winds.

“Our concern is tomorrow it’s going to get significantly colder,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told The Weather Channel on Saturday evening. “Winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour will cause blowing snow and that’s going to cause the worst of it … and we’re urging extreme caution in travel. Try to get home early and if you don’t have to travel don’t go.”

Continental Airlines canceled 250 Sunday departures from Newark Liberty International Airport outside New York City. United Airlines announced late Saturday that it had canceled dozens of Sunday departures from Newark, Philadelphia, New York’s LaGuardia and JFK, Boston and other airports. AirTran also canceled flights, as did Southwest Airlines, mostly in or out of Washington Dulles, Baltimore and Newark.

Early Sunday, winter storm warnings covered northern Georgia, the Carolinas, Washington, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the eastern sections of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. Winter weather advisories were in effect for eastern Tennessee and Kentucky, West Virginia and northwest Virginia.

The system gave the Carolinas its first white Christmas in decades. Columbia, S.C., had its first significant Christmas snow since weather records were first kept in 1887.

In Asheville, N.C., the Weather Service said about an inch of snow was falling an hour Saturday. As much as 10 inches could fall by Sunday morning, which would break the previous Christmas Day record of 5.4 inches set in 1969.

Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne, the Upstate spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said late Saturday that snow was starting to cover roads but that there were fewer accidents than there would be on a normal night.

“Everybody’s at home,” he said. “It’s Christmas. They’re heeding the warnings and staying off the roads.”

In Nashville, some travelers who expected a smooth trip on Christmas got a rude surprise.

“We were hoping this was going to be a good day to travel,” said Heather Bansmer, 36, of Bellingham, Wash.

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Al Qaeda Plans an Attack on US and Europe During Christmas

Prisoners in Iraq made an a startling statement by saying Al Qaeda in Iraq plans terrorist attack on the US and West during the Christmas Holiday. From AP via CBS News:

Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the Christmas season, two senior officials said Wednesday.

Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani told The Associated Press that the botched bombing in central Stockholm last weekend was among the alleged plots the insurgents revealed. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, in a telephone interview from New York, called the claims “a critical threat.”

Both al-Bolani and Zebari said Iraq has informed Interpol of the alleged plots, and alerted authorities in the U.S. and European countries of the possible danger. Neither official specified which country or countries in Europe are alleged targets.

US officials have not verified the claims.  The announcement come nearly a year ago,  a Nigerian Man Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow himself up on a transatlantic flight Last Christmas from Amsterdam to Detroit:

There was no way to verify the insurgents’ claims. But Western counterterrorism officials generally are on high alert during the holiday season, especially since last year’s failed attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

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Im Back. Bay Area Road Trip is Something Else

I had computer problems on Tuesday. Came home on Monday from a Business trip to San Francisco.

Going out of Town no Posting Until Sunday

I’ll heading out-of-town this weekend; Therefore  no posting  this weekend. See you Sunday or Monday.

Thanks

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October Surprise:Bomb found Plane in Dubai was Headed for Chicago

Breaking News: Two packages that were heading for Chicago were bombs to detonate when it arrive at its destination were discovered by airport security in Sa’na, Yemen  and Nottingham, England on Friday. The packages were found on UPS jet and at a FedEx facility.

President Barack Obama notified overnight Friday. The president orders Pentagon US Navy Jet  escorts joined by Canadian Forces Jets planes heading for Boston, Philadelphia and New York City.

At a press conference President Obama said the threat was very credible From The Washington Post:

Two packages mailed from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago contained explosive material and represented a “credible terrorist threat,” President Obama said Friday, as authorities focused their investigation on an increasingly lethal affiliate of al-Qaeda.

It’s believed its Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula that is behind foiled attack:

U.S. counterterrorism officials suspect that the packages, which were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, were sent by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which had already demonstrated a flair for sophisticated bombmaking in an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

Obama did not specify any new security measures that would be taken or say that the nation’s terrorist alert level had been raised. But he described the threat as serious and pointed once again to Yemen as the source of a terrorist plot, saying his top terrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, had been in touch with that country’s president.

The two packages were intercepted at separate locations, one on a UPS plane at East Midlands Airport near Nottingham, England, and the other at a FedEx facility in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Officials provided no details on the kind of explosives found, but they said they were looking at the possibility that the substance used was PETN, the same explosive used in the Christmas Day plot.

A U.S. official said the search for the devices was triggered by a “tip from a very close ally of the United States.” The tip was relayed to U.S. authorities Thursday and contained “very specific information” about devices in packages being shipped to the United States from Yemen, the official said.

Brennan, in a statement, said the United States was “grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their assistance in developing information that helped underscore the imminence of the threat emanating from Yemen.”

“We were looking for packages that were of concern,” Brennan said. He said he briefed Obama before the first package was found in Britain about 3:30 a.m. Friday local time.

No bombs were found on  planes  in Newark,NJ and Philadelphia and Kennedy Airport in New York. AP via Yahoo News:

U.S. authorities conducted searches of aircraft in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York City.

Since the failed Christmas bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner, Yemen has been a focus for U.S. counterterrorism officials. Before that attack, the U.S. regarded al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen as primarily a threat in the region, not to the United States.

Homeland Security ordered all packages from Yemen on a 72 hour hold.

In Chicago police and homeland Security on high alert. Security is tight at O’Hare International Airport and synagogues warned of packages from Yemen. From CBS Chicago(WBBM-AM Newsradio 780/CBS 2 News WBBM-TV/HD):

In Chicago, cargo terminals for both UPS and FedEx at O’Hare International Airport were immediately swept with bomb-sniffing dogs, and security around them was tightened as well.

There was no evidence found that any explosives reached Chicago or that they could have caused any damage if they did.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago was notified of the situation at 10:30 a.m. Friday, and officials there are “taking proper precautions,” said associate vice president Linda Haase.

The organization is also advising local synagogues to take precautions, Haase said.

A law enforcement source tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine the word is out to synagogues in Chicago not to accept UPS packages from east of New York. The are asked to call Chicago Police if any delivery is attempted.

FBI spokesman Ross Rice added that while there are no identifiable or specific threats to the Chicago area, all churches, synagogues and mosques in the area are being warned to be vigilant for unsolicited or unexpected packages, especially those originating from overseas locations.

The events unfolded four days before national elections in which discussion of terrorism has played almost no role.

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Jet Blue Plane Tire Caught Fire Emergency Landing in Sacramento, Injuring 15

A Jet Blue plane tires caught fire as it made a landing at Sacramento International Airport on Thursday injuring 15 passengers as the exited the plane by escape slide.

From the New York Post:

Passenger Michelle McDuffie said people onboard felt a thud when the plane touched down after a flight from Long Beach, but nobody thought there was an emergency until the crew shouted for everyone to exit on the inflatable slides.

McDuffie saw the burning tires when she was on the ground.

“I thought, Oh I wish I had gotten my bag off. But I was just happy that I wasn’t hurt,” said McDuffie, 33, of Mission Viejo.

The plane appeared to experience trouble with its brakes, the airline said in a statement.

The 87 passengers were taken to the terminal by buses, said airport spokeswoman Gina Swankie, who couldn’t immediately confirm how many tires had blown on the plane.

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Alaska Plane Crash Claims U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and Four Others

Ted Stevens, the long times Senator representing Alaska and four other die in a  airplane crash on Monday near the village of Dillingham,AK. Four passengers on board survived at hospitals.

Stevens and eight passengers were heading on a fishing trip according to National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman. She said the plane left the Agulowak Lodge around 3 P.M. heading a fishing camp 17 miles from Dillingham.

When the plane with Stevens did not return for dinner; staffer of Agulowak Lodge  notified authorities  who went to search for the plane. The plane was found north of Dillingham in a mountainous area. En climate weather kept rescue workers away from the  crash site. However, Good Samaritans arrived to the scene to help the crash victims, said Alaska Air National Guard spokesperson Maj. Guy Hayes.

An US Army C 130 jet and  Pave Hawk helicopter was in Dillingham waiting for improving weather in order to arrive to crash site.  The C 130 and helicopter got to the site around 7:30 A.M. to take accident victims to hospitals in Anchorage.

According to KTUU-TV/HD “Channel 2 News” the people on board the DeHavilland DHC-3 sea plane in addition to Sen. Stevens including the plane’s pilot Terry Smith, 62, of Eagle River, Bill Phillips, Sr., Dana Tindall, 48 of Anchorage and her daughter, Corey Tindall, 16.

The planes survivors are they are William Phillips, Jr., 13, former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe, 54, his son Kevin O’Keefe, and Jim Morhard of Alexandria, Va. They were taken Providence Hospital in Anchorage  with a variety of injuries.

Stevens the long serving Republican Senator was instrumental in convincing Congress and the Dwight Eisenhower Administration to bring Alaska into the Union in the 1950’s. Stevens born in 1923 in Indianapolis, IN.   Serves in the US Army Air Corp during World War II. Stevens serves the Air Corp  Flying Tigers  squadron in China.   He attend UCLA in 1946 . Stevens attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1950.

Stevens served in private practice law in Washington,DC and Fairbanks,AK.  Stevens married his wife Ann in 1952. They have Ben, Walter, and Ted; and two daughters Susan and Beth.

Stevens was nominated to the US Department of Justice to replace former US Attorney replacing Bob Mc Nalley  A few years later Stevens took the opportunity to work for the US Department of the Interior. It was there that Stevens became involved in Alaska Statehood.

Ted Stevens returned to Alaska to practice law in 1961. 1964  Stevens was appointed to Alaska House of Representatives. In 1968 Stevens was Appointed to US Senate by then Alaska Governor Wally Hickel replacing the late US Senator Bob Bartlett. State Rep. Stevens  just ran and lost his bid for the US Senate Seat electorally to Anchorage Mayor Elmer E. Rasmuson.

While in the according to Wikipedia Stevens US Senate Career:

Stevens served as the Assistant Republican Leader (Whip) from 1977 to 1985. In 1994, after the Republicans took control of the Senate, Stevens was appointed Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Stevens became the Senate’s President Pro Tempore when Republicans regained control of the chamber as a result of the 2002 mid-term elections, during which the previous most senior Republican senator and former President Pro Tempore Strom Thurmond retired.

Stevens chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1997 to 2005, except for the 18 months when Democrats controlled the chamber. The chairmanship gave Stevens considerable influence among fellow Senators, who relied on him for home-state project funds. Even before becoming chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Stevens secured large sums of federal money for the state of Alaska. Due to Republican Party rules that limited committee chairmanships to six years, Stevens gave up the Appropriations gavel at the start of the 109th Congress, in January 2005.

He chaired the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during the 109th Congress, becoming the committee’s ranking member after the Democrats regained control of the Senate for the 110th Congress. He resigned his ranking-member position on the committee due to his indictment.[44]

At various times, Stevens also served as Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate Ethics Committee, the Arms Control Observer Group, and the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.

Due to Stevens’ long tenure and that of the state’s sole congressman, Don Young, Alaska was considered to have clout in national politics well beyond its small population (the state was long the smallest in population and is currently 47th, ahead of only Wyoming, North Dakota and Vermont).

In 2008 Stevens lost a re-election to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich a Democrat.  Stevens loss was attributed to a scandal that overshadow him. From Wikipedia:

May 29, 2007, the Anchorage Daily News reported that the FBI and a federal grand jury were investigating an extensive remodeling project at Stevens’ home in Girdwood. Stevens’ Alaska home was raided by the FBI and IRS on July 30, 2007.[62][63] The remodeling work doubled the size of the modest home. Public records show that the house was 2,471 square feet (230 m2) after the remodeling and that the property was valued at $271,300 in 2003, including a $5,000 increase in land value.[64] The remodel in 2000 was organized by Bill Allen, a founder of the VECO Corporation – an oil-field service company – and has been estimated to have cost VECO and the various contractors $250,000 or more.[65] However, the residential contractor who finished the renovation for VECO, Augie Paone, “believes the [Stevens’] remodeling could have cost – if all the work was done efficiently – around $130,000 to $150,000, close to the figure Stevens cited last year.”[66] The Stevens paid $160,000 for the renovations “and assumed that covered everything.”[67]

In June, the Anchorage Daily News reported that a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., heard evidence in May about the expansion of Stevens’ Girdwood home and other matters connecting Stevens to VECO.[68] In mid-June, FBI agents questioned several aides who work for Stevens as part of the investigation.[69] In July, Washingtonian magazine reported that Stevens had hired “Washington’s most powerful and expensive lawyer”, Brendan Sullivan Jr., in response to the investigation.[70] In 2006, during wiretapped conversations with Bill Allen, Stevens expressed worries over potential misunderstandings and legal complications arising from the sweeping federal investigations into Alaskan politics.[71][72] On the witness stand, “Allen testified that VECO staff who had worked on his own house had charged ‘way too much,’ leaving him uncertain how much to invoice Stevens for when he had his staff work on the senator’s house … that he would be embarrassed to bill Stevens for overpriced labor on the house, and said he concealed some of the expense.”[73]

On October 27, 2008, Stevens was found guilty of all seven counts of making false statements. Stevens was only the fifth sitting senator to be convicted by a jury in U.S. history,[84] and the first since Senator Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ) in 1981[85] (although Senator David Durenberger (R-MN) pled guilty to a felony more recently, in 1995). Stevens faced a maximum penalty of five years per charge.[86] His sentencing hearing was originally arranged February 25, but his attorneys told Judge Emmet Sullivan they would file applications to dispute the verdict by early December.[87] However, it was thought unlikely that he would have seen significant time in prison.[88]

Within a few days of his conviction, Stevens faced bipartisan calls for his resignation. Both parties’ presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, were quick to call for Stevens to stand down. Obama said that Stevens needed to resign to help “put an end to the corruption and influence-peddling in Washington.”[89] McCain said that Stevens “has broken his trust with the people” and needed to step down—a call echoed by his running mate, Sarah Palin, governor of Stevens’ home state.[90] Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as fellow Republican Senators Norm Coleman, John Sununu and Gordon Smith also called for Stevens to resign. McConnell said there would be “zero tolerance” for a convicted felon serving in the Senate—strongly hinting that he would support Stevens’ expulsion from the Senate unless Stevens resigned first.[91][92] Late on November 1, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed that he would schedule a vote on Stevens’ expulsion, saying that “a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate.”[93] Had Stevens been expelled after winning election, a special election would have been held to fill the seat through the remainder of the term, until 2014.[94] Some speculated Palin would have tried to run for the Senate via this special election.[95][96] No sitting Senator has been expelled since the Civil War.

Nonetheless, during a debate with his opponent Mark Begich days after his conviction, Stevens continued to claim innocence. “I have not been convicted. I have a case pending against me, and probably the worst case of prosecutorial misconduct by the prosecutors that is known.” Stevens also cited plans to appeal.[97] Begich went on to defeat Stevens by 3,724 votes.[

A Bombshell confession in 2009 broke the Steven’s case wide with allegation of criminal misconduct by staffers at the Justice Department the same department Sen. Stevens in younger days. From Wikipedia:

In February 2009, FBI agent Chad Joy filed a whistleblower affidavit, alleging that prosecutors and FBI agents conspired to withhold and conceal evidence that could have resulted in a verdict of “not guilty.”[102] In his affidavit, Joy alleged that prosecutors intentionally sent a key witness back to Alaska after the witness performed poorly during a mock cross examination. The witness, Rocky Williams, later notified the defense attorneys that his testimony would undercut the prosecution’s claim that his company had spent its own money renovating Sen. Stevens’ house. Joy further alleged that the prosecutors intentionally withheld Brady material including redacted prior statements of a witness, and a memo from Bill Allen stating that Sen. Stevens probably would have paid for the goods and services if asked. Joy further alleged that a female FBI agent had an inappropriate relationship with Allen, who also gave gifts to FBI agents and helped one agent’s relative get a job.

As a result of Joy’s affidavit and claims by the defense that prosecutorial misconduct caused an unfair trial, Judge Sullivan ordered a hearing to be held on February 13, 2009, to determine whether a new trial should be ordered. At the February 13 hearing the judge held the prosecutors in contempt for failing to deliver documents to Stevens’ legal counsel.[103] Judge Sullivan called this conduct “outrageous.”

Convictions voided and indictment dismissed

On behalf of Attorney General Holder, Paul O’Brien submitted a “Motion of The United States To Set Aside The Verdict And Dismiss The Indictment With Prejudice” in connection with case No. 08-231 early on April 1, 2009. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan soon signed the order; as it occurred prior to sentencing, it had the effect of vacating Stevens’ conviction. During the trial, the Judge expressed concern and anger regarding prosecutorial conduct and related issues. Attorney General Holder was reportedly very angry at the prosecutors’ apparent withholding of exculpatory evidence, and wanted to send a message that prosecutorial misconduct would not be tolerated under his watch. After the Judge held the prosecutors in contempt, Holder replaced the entire trial team, including top officials at the public integrity section. Nina Totenberg of NPR reported the misconduct, Stevens’ age, and the fact he was no longer in office prompted him to drop all charges against Stevens—effectively vacating the guilty verdict.[5] The Associated Press subsequently confirmed NPR’s report.[104]

The final straw for Holder, according to numerous reports, was the discovery of a previously undocumented interview with Bill Allen, the prosecution’s star witness. Allen stated that the fair-market value of the repairs to Stevens’ house was around $80,000—far less than the $250,000 he said it cost at trial. More seriously, Allen said in the interview that he didn’t recall talking to Bob Persons, a friend of Stevens, regarding the repair bill for Stevens’ House. This directly contradicted Allen’s testimony at trial, in which he claimed Stevens asked him to give Persons a note Stevens sent him asking for a bill on the repair work. At trial, Allen said Persons had told him the note shouldn’t be taken seriously because “Ted’s just covering his ass.” Even without the notes, Stevens’ attorneys claimed that they thought Allen was lying about the conversation.[105]

Later that day, Stevens’ attorney, Brendan Sullivan, said that Holder’s decision was forced by “extraordinary evidence of government corruption.” He also said that prosecutors not only withheld evidence, but “created false testimony that they gave us and actually presented false testimony in the courtroom”–two incidents that would have made it very likely that the convictions would have been overturned on appeal.[106]

On April 7, 2009, federal judge Emmet G. Sullivan formally accepted Holder’s motion to set aside the verdict and throw out the indictment,[107] based on what he called the worst case of prosecutorial misconduct he’d ever seen. He also initiated a criminal contempt investigation of six members of the prosecution. Although an internal probe by the Office of Professional Responsibility was already underway, Sullivan said he was not willing to trust it due to the “shocking and disturbing” nature of the misconduct.

Stevens leaves behind, His second wife Cathrine Stevens and his five children from is first wife Ann and grandchildren, Steven leaves a legacy serving Alaska and the US. Stevens was 83 years old.

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Flight Attendant Goes Off After Passenger Sends Him Over The Edge

Flight Attendants have it pretty bad with irate customers, whining kids, crying babies, drunk passengers and let alone various flight delays would cause a person to lose it. This time a flight attendant goes off after a passenger assault him. From WNBC-TV/HD “News 4 New York“:

A flight attendant ran out of patience on a plane that just landed at JFK on Monday afternoon, so he allegedly cursed a blue streak over the p.a. system, grabbed some beers,  pulled the emergency chute, slid down and ran from the plane,  sources said.

Jet Blue employee Steven Slater, 38, was working on Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh to Kennedy Airport, which landed at around 12 p.m., when he got into a verbal altercation with a passenger, law-enforcement sources said.

A passenger attempted to remove luggage from the planes overhead storage bins. Slater asked the passenger to sit down the passenger refused and promptly read him the riot act:

The argument began when one of the 100 passengers on the flight, got up early to get her luggage from an overhead compartment, according to sources. Slater told the passenger to sit back down — but, as he approached, the woman continued to pull her belongings down and struck him in the head with her bag, authorities said.

Slater asked for an apology but the woman cursed him out, saying in effect “go f–k yourself” and calling him a “mo-fo,” according to law enforcement sources who are still sorting out the specifics.

That’s when the flight attendant loses it:

Then Slater got on the flight’s announcement system and allegedly cursed out  everyone on the plane — especially the person who mouthed off to him, according to law enforcement sources.

The steward was “having a bad day,” sources said.

When his tirade was through, he then took a some beers from the galley and pulled the emergency chute and slid off the Embraer 190 plane.  According to police sources, he threw his luggage down first and said something to the effect of “there goes 28 years,” before he took the plunge.

After getting down the slide, Slater took off into the terminal, law-enforcement sources said.

After Slater left his post on the plane he went to his home. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police caught up with him and arrested him without incident:

Slater was later arrested at his home in Belle Harbor, Queens by Port Authority officials.  Police sources said that when authorities found Slater he seemed to be in the midst having sexual relations.

Slater was charges with a variety of charges including 2nd and 4th degree criminal mischief,1st and 2nd reckless endangerment, 3rd degree criminal trespass; says a spokesperson for Richard Brown, Queens County(NY) District Attorney. If convicted Slater could serve 7 years in prison.

I know its not right for  what flight attendant Steven Slater did. However, the passenger was in the wrong.  The FAA and Port Authority Police should found the passenger who assaulted the guy. She should be prosecuted.  Poor guy his career is over. Sad.