Blakey blames airline delays on scheduling practices Who's the next FAA chief? With FAA Administrator Marion Blakey closing her FAA office door for the last time on September 13, many members are asking who's next to head the FAA? Acting administrator... Jaws dropped during FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's farewell speech on September 11, just days before she officially leaves her post. About halfway through the speech to an industry group in Washington, D.C., she blamed airline delays on scheduling practices, not air traffic control. Further, she even hinted at government intervention if the airlines don't shape up. "The airlines need to take a step back on scheduling practices that are at times out of line with reality. Passengers are growing weary of schedules that aren't worth the electrons they're printed on. Airline schedules have got to stop being the fodder for late night monologues," Blakey said. "And if the airlines don't address this voluntarily, don't be surprised when the government steps in." Airlines look for scapegoats... (Updated: September 13, 5:06 p.m. EDT) Now, if I can only get ATC to quit spinning me to get in a couple more airliners.