FAA administrator resigns after arrest
Police arrested Randy Babbitt, 65, Saturday, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
December 6th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

FAA administrator resigns after arrest

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday, three days after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving near his suburban Washington home.

In a brief statement released to the press, Babbitt said he had submitted his resignation to his boss, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and that LaHood had accepted it.

Babbitt, a former airline pilot, said serving as FAA administrator had been "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," Babbitt said.

The statement made no mention of the arrest.

Earlier in the day, LaHood told reporters he was "disappointed" that he had learned about Babbitt's Saturday night arrest only after police in the city of Fairfax, Virginia, released a press release about the incident.

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  1. Scott Glenn

    Hey! Why did they post a picture of me?

    December 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank Jeff

    I'm sure there are plenty of sober people who could do his job. Make him into a janitor for a year. If he gets drunk, take away his mop and hand him a toothbrush.

    December 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Some nice voices have come and gone. A few are fading.
    I don't think there's much to be done about getting them back: if they don't want to post, they won't do it.

    December 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank Jeff

    Some guy even trolls an old Italian car. Another trolls a hybrid banana fantasy. 🙂 Could be we are all trolls of one kind or another. Perhaps we should call ourselves blahgors.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
    I troll Norma Desmond.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. F1

    He probably drank a few in his career as a pilot ,and then flew what a risk to be taking in a career. But i do understand why he stepped down its probably a good idea that he did. There a lot of what happens here, stays here on such jobs.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe Bobb

    Resignation before dishonor. Clearly this is a man of integrity. No cover ups. No denials.
    Just not going to taint the office he held.
    Good man.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. F1

    Some jobs do tolerate dui arrests. This may be one of those instances, wrer a crime which dui ,are punishable we may never know

    December 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frank Jeff

    Probably the only time that this good and honorable man ever drank a sip. Good man. Big-hearted of him to step down before he was fired. Wtg, sir. Step down and give yourself some time to develop a taste for liquor.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jaded

    Hmmm, Is this his first go-around with a DWI? If so, then he should be suspended not fired; let the guy prove himself worthy of a second chance.

    December 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    SOMETHING IS FISHY.. there is something funny he doesn't want us to find out...
    .

    December 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sovereign Copyright

    There are a lot of unanswered
    Questions...however, he did resign before the riff-raff got the stake and rushes out.

    @Norma Desmond:
    Ready for your close-up?
    Here's a great name for a troll: Phildo.
    Goes right along with old Italian cars and banana fantasies, doesn't it?

    December 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Take a good look at the pic. He resembles Clint Eastwood. So he says like Clint....you just got your VFR license, flying that little Cessna 152 over there. Now you see that? Thats a Gates Learjet. Flys a little faster. Do you feel lucky? Well do you PUNK?

    December 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Rabbit Flight 1242, your clear to taxi to 2-7 Right for take off. Rabbit. Rabbit? 1242 your going the wrong way. Stop. Stop 1242***YOUR DRIVING INTO THE CONCOURSE.

    December 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
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