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A good cause: FOD Walk puts debris in its place
By DeAllous Smith

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.

“We had another great turnout,” said Paul Meyer, director of Airport Operations. “More than 200 volunteers from the Department of Aviation, airlines and other companies participated in the walk. We’re extremely proud of this year’s outpouring of support.”

Many volunteers returned with empty bags, but some participants removed small rocks and bits of paper from the runway.

“Overall, the amount of FOD was very minimal,” said Garth Collins, Airport Operations supervisor. “The Airport performs daily FOD inspections to ensure that the airfield is clear of debris.”

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.

Volunteers celebrate at the end of the
Airport’s ninth annual FOD Walk.

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