good cause: FOD Walk puts debris in its place
Early in the morning on May 12, as curious passengers peered out of Boeing 757s and MD-88 aircraft in the background, volunteers scoured a 9,000-foot runway for foreign object debris (FOD).
This was not a typical morning at the world’s most efficient
airport. Instead, it was the start of Hartsfield-Jackson’s ninth
annual FOD Walk. Airport officials closed Runway 8L/26R and the north
cargo ramp for nearly 30 minutes.
Many volunteers returned with empty bags, but some participants
removed small rocks and bits of paper from the runway.
FOD Walks offer opportunities for nonoperational and maintenance employees to canvass the airfield. The event is designed to raise public awareness about the potential damage that even small objects — such as rocks, luggage straps and plastics — can create.
Employees are encouraged to pick up debris along the roadways, but large items or debris spotted on the airfield should be reported to the Airport’s Airside Operations unit at (404) 530-6620.
To view video of the FOD Walk, click here.
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