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Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Community Participates in 12th Annual Runway Clean-Up
28 August ,2013

For Immediate Release
August 28, 2013

Reese McCranie, Director of Communications
(404) 382-2319

Monica Fuentes, Dep. Director of Communications
(404) 772-3015

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Community Participates in 12th Annual Runway Clean-Up

Department of Aviation and airline employees volunteer to pick-up debris

ATLANTA – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport held its 12th Annual Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Walk on Wednesday morning. More than 200 members of the Hartsfield-Jackson community—employees from the Department of Aviation, Delta and Southwest/AirTran— volunteered their time to find and remove debris that could be hazardous to plane traffic.

“The annual FOD Walk is a wonderful event for our airport community,” said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller. “Every year, we walk with our airport partners to clean the runway and raise awareness of how debris can damage aircrafts. As the world’s busiest airport, this annual tradition gives our dedicated employees an opportunity to show their pride for our first-class facility.”

While Hartsfield-Jackson performs daily FOD inspections to ensure that the runways are clear of debris, the annual FOD Walk is designed to remind the public about how foreign objects—such as rocks, luggage straps and plastics—can negatively impact airport operations. Airport officials closed Runway 10/28, also known as the Fifth Runway and the south cargo ramp at 7:00 a.m. this morning for about 45 for the FOD Walk.

Workers who volunteered for the event met at the North Cargo Building at 6 a.m. and boarded shuttle buses that took half of them to opposite ends of the runway. The two groups then walked half the length of the runway while collecting debris, until meeting in the middle for photos. The group also performed the same exercise at the south cargo ramp.


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