US air traffic head goes over sleeping controllers

The head of the US air traffic system has resigned following disclosures that controllers have been sleeping on the job.

Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 00:27 AM IST

Washington: The head of the Federal
Aviation Administration says the agency`s top official
overseeing the US air traffic system has resigned following
disclosures that controllers have been sleeping on the job.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement
today that Hank Krakowski, head of the agency`s Air Traffic
Organization, has submitted his resignation. FAA`s chief
counsel, David Grizzle, temporarily will take over Krakowski`s
duties while the agency searches for a replacement.

Babbitt said he is conducting a "top to bottom" review
of the FAA`s air traffic system. He said recent disclosures of
"unprofessional conduct on the part of a few individuals" have
rightly caused the traveling public to question the system.

PTI