Ed Driscoll

Terraplane Blues

Whoops! “FAA Chief Placed on Leave After Drunk Driving Arrest:”

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was placed on a leave of absence Monday and U.S. officials said his employment is under review following his arrest for drunken driving in suburban Northern Virginia.

Babbitt, 65, was charged with driving while intoxicated after a patrol officer spotted him driving on the wrong side of the street and pulled him over about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Fairfax City, Va., police in the Washington, D.C., suburb.

Babbitt, who lives in nearby Reston, Va., was the only occupant in the vehicle, the statement said. Police said he cooperated and was released on his own recognizance.

If and when Babbitt returns to the FAA, perhaps the time off might give him a chance to rethink airline and passenger safety procedures.