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FOD Walk marks 10 years
By DeAllous Smith

Early on May 18, nearly 200 volunteers searched for and removed debris on Runway 8L/26R during Hartsfield-Jackson’s 10th annual Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Walk.

Airport officials closed the runway and the north cargo ramp for about 30 minutes as volunteers with small trash bags scanned for FOD.

Many walkers returned empty-handed, but some participants removed small rocks and bits of paper from the 9,000-foot runway. In all, less than 1 pound of material was collected.

“This was another successful event. I’m extremely proud of the organizers and volunteers who braved the event’s 6:45 a.m. start time to support this public awareness initiative,” Aviation General Manager Louis Miller said. “For 10 years, Hartsfield-Jackson has closed one of the most active runways in the country to give employees an opportunity to canvass the airfield and search for debris.”

Hartsfield-Jackson performs daily FOD inspections to ensure that the airfield is clear of debris. Employees are encouraged to pick up debris along the roadways and report items spotted on the airfield to the Airport’s Airside Operations unit.

Employees walk along Runway 8L/26R during the FOD Walk. The annual event is designed to raise awareness of the dangers that even small pieces of debris pose to aircraft.

Employees walk along Runway 8L/26R during the FOD Walk. The annual event is designed to raise awareness of the dangers that even small pieces of debris pose to aircraft.

Some of the volunteers pose with a banner commemorating the FOD Walk’s 10th anniversary.

Some of the volunteers pose with a banner commemorating the FOD Walk’s 10th anniversary.


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