FAA Chief Randy Babbitt Resigns in the Wake of Drunk Driving Arrest

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned today, just three days after he was arrested in Fairfax, Virginia, on drunken driving charges.

Babbitt Resigns One Day After Going on Leave

Babbitt became the agency’s top official in 2009, and before that piloted jets for the old Eastern Airlines for 25 years. Babbitt reportedly was placed on official leave at his own request Monday.

Then today, Secretary Ray LaHood of Transportation Department, which oversees the FAA, made his displeasure known to reporters that he didn’t learn of Babbitt’s arrest until the police released a press release. Said LaHood, “What I told Randy is, I was very disappointed in the way that I learned about this.”

Take a listen as we talk about drinking on planes, and what it leads to.

Randy Babbitt Speaks Out on Airline Delays

Babbitt: Unwilling to Cast Shadow on FAA

In his resignation statement, Babbitt said, “Serving as FAA Administrator has been an absolute honor and the highlight of my professional career.   But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA.  They run the finest and safest aviation system in the world and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside them.”

No word yet on his replacement.


Published: December 6, 2011