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Cabin pressure proved too much to bear for a flight attendant when he reacted to an argument with a passenger yesterday by swearing at the offending customer, activating the emergency exit slide, and disembarking on to the tarmac at John F Kennedy international airport with a beer in hand.

Steven Slater was arrested yesterday at his home in Queens, New York, on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

The 39-year-old was working on JetBlue flight 1052 from Pittsburgh when he got into an argument with the passenger, who was pulling down baggage from an overhead bin as the plane came in to land, the Port Authority said.

The luggage apparently struck the attendant in the head and Slater asked for an apology but the passenger refused, the agency said.

As the plane was landing, Slater went on to the public address system and swore at the passenger, the authority said. He then grabbed at least one beer, activated the slide, slid down and went to his car.

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