Senate confirms former Delta executive as FAA administrator

July 24, 2019 - 10:38 am

The Senate has confirmed former Air Force pilot and airline executive Stephen Dickson to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. Dickson overcame Democratic opposition and claims he mistreated a whistleblower during his tenure at Delta Air Lines.

Dickson was confirmed by a 52-40 vote that broke along party lines.

Dickson appeared to be cruising toward confirmation until Democrats on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee learned of his involvement in a whistleblower case while at Delta.

An experienced pilot who raised safety concerns to Dickson and another executive claimed that as retaliation, Delta ordered her to go through a psychiatric exam.

The FAA has been without a confirmed administrator since January 2018. It's been led since then by an acting chief, former American Airlines pilot Daniel Elwell.

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