Steven Slater's attorney, Howard Turman, said at news conference Thursday outside his client's home that flying "is in his blood."
Turman says the 38-year-old airline veteran is a likable man who enjoys people and did his job properly.
Slater briefly thanked all the people who had sent him support and love since his Monday meltdown aboard a JetBlue flight.
Travelers say Slater cursed at passengers over the public address system after several odd run-ins with them during the 90-minute flight from Pittsburgh.
Prosecutors say he deployed the emergency slide and made an escape. He's charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.