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. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    Guess he wasn't lucky enough; he got caught.

    How is your wife and family doing?

    December 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    We both know who that person is
    just saying that ur usernames are troll names just goes to show how very far gone this poor man is.
    I pity the person.
    No clue.

    December 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    whattah bunch of crock! the man wasn't driving a plane intoxicated he was off-duty driving his car in his neighborhood...shieet...!....and how is that nexus to his job???? (belch!) why in dah heel of these harrrd economic times would you make somone's resign under duress??? I woulddah told my boss withah best alcoholic breathe I could muster...kiss my azzzzzzzzzz...and by dah way I'll be needin' somma that employee assistance...he needs tah git hisself an atturney...(hiccup!)

    December 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Hi banasy. Making the long jouney home right now. Raining. Gotta be carefull. Wifie is still getting kidney like pain around her sides. Both of us went to see the doctor yesterday. She's got to go back for more tests. You OK?

    December 7, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    12:18 *journey* oops.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    What's that red mark between his eyes. A bullet hole? Huh?

    December 7, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    I go down the wrong way on the street all the time...sober...

    December 7, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    Yeah, other than the fact that I fell and sprained my ankle and wretched my knee, just ducky, thank you.

    My middle name is *not* Grace!

    December 7, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Solidarity, sister – my middle name's not grace, either.. Sorry you didn't have a nice trip this fall 🙁

      December 7, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      Sorry to see that banasy©. I'll say a little prayer for you. I hope you get better.

      December 7, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Thanks, leeintulsa!
    Long time, no talk!
    Hope you're doing well.

    Your grass-roots presidential campaign is growing, I see... 😉

    December 7, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. michaelfury


    December 7, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Why, thank you, Jeff. That's awfully nice of you!

    December 7, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jerome Horowitz

    Strangest set of posts I have ever read.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO

    The eyes are Clint Eastwood, but the face is Scott Glenn.

    I remember a guy at work showed up with a red mark on his forehead one morning, a big circular thing. People kept asking him if it was a bullet hole. He said no, he hit his head on a door. We gave him the nickname JFK. Yes, we were pretty sick then.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO

    How did you hurt your knee, banasy? Rodeo?

    December 7, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    Sorry about your knee.
    If you do the same thing to the other knee, they'll match and nobody will notice.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
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