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VIDEO: JetBlue Flight Attendant — “I’m A Hero”

Steve Slater, the flight attendant who made a memorable tarmac meltdown at JFK airport, was released from jail at 9:40pm ET — and made an emphatic statement as he ran the media gauntlet: “I’m a hero!”

As RadarOnline.com revealed, Slater posted $2500 bail and was released from New York’s Vernon C. Bain Center correctional facility.

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He told a large media contingent he “greatly appreciated” the support he has received, including from thousands of online fans, who are labeling him their instant hero.

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A passenger on board a JetBlue flight hit him in the head with her overhead baggage aboard a flight taxiing on Monday.

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But when the passenger refused to apologize, Slater announced his retirement over the intercom and promptly exited the airplane via its emergency slide, but not before taking a couple of beers on his way out.

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He is facing charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.