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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Randy Babbitt
A judge on Thursday tossed out drunken driving charges against the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration after seeing video of the traffic stop and ruling that the officer had no legitimate reason to stop the driver.
Randy Babbitt says he will resign as head of the Federal Aviation Administration following his arrest over the weekend on charges of drunken driving.
The administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration was placed on a leave of absence Monday after he was arrested and charged in Fairfax City over the weekend with driving while intoxicated.
Dozens of airport construction projects across the country are on hold and thousands of federal employees are not working because Congress failed to pass legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration operating, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday.
An air traffic controller has been suspended for watching a movie when he was supposed to be monitoring aircraft, deepening the Federal Aviation Administration's embarrassment following at least five cases of controllers sleeping on the job.
The government is changing air traffic controllers' work schedules most likely to cause fatigue following another incident in which a controller fell asleep while on duty, this time at a radar center in Miami, the Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday.
The head of the Air Traffic Organization, a part of the Federal Aviation Administration that oversees the nation's air traffic control system, resigned Thursday after disclosures of air traffic controllers who were caught sleeping on the job, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced.
The head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday the agency's top official overseeing the nation's air traffic system has resigned following disclosures of controllers falling asleep on the job.
The nation's top aviation official on Thursday said he had suspended a control tower supervisor while investigating why no controller was available to aid two planes landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport early Wednesday morning.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized briefly in Rome on Monday after arriving from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan.
After a regional airliner crashed in western New York a year and a half ago, killing 50 people, the Obama administration promised swift action to prevent similar tragedies. High on the list: new rules governing the number of hours pilots may work in order to prevent tired flight crews from making fatal errors.
Mr. Babbitt, after the case was dismissed, told reporters he was glad to have the matter behind him and spoke graciously about the officer who arrested him.
Mr. Babbitt said he does not regret resigning from the FAA and that he plans to work in aviation consulting.