Transportation head resigns

| 7/22/2002

John Magaw, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), resigned suddenly Thursday. No reason was given for his departure, AP reported.

Magaw will be replaced by Adm. James Loy, who recently retired as commandant of the Coast Guard and then was named deputy undersecretary for transportation security and chief operating officer of the TSA.

Sources told AP Magaw had heart trouble that might have contributed to his decision. They also said Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta and some lawmakers had grown critical of Magaw.

Magaw, a former Secret Service agent who protected President Bush's father, is considered close to the president and family. He also made the decision not to allow pilots to carry firearms. The House last week voted to arm pilots.