The PJ Tatler

FAA chief quits over sleep scandal

May angels tuck him in tonight.

Henry Krakowski, a former head of flight operations for United Airlines, resigned after meeting with FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, the agency said in a statement today. Krakowski, 56, was in charge of controllers at the agency. David Grizzle, the FAA’s chief counsel, will take the job as the agency seeks a replacement.

“Over the last few weeks we have seen examples of unprofessional conduct on the part of a few individuals that have rightly caused the traveling public to question our ability to ensure their safety,” Babbitt said in the statement. “This conduct must stop immediately.”

The FAA said yesterday two more controllers were caught sleeping on the job, bringing to four the number the agency has reported this year.

The question now is, who will replace him? We have just the man for the job.