The runways at the San Francisco International Airport are set to receive some serious detail work, and the cleaning effort will have far more than cosmetic benefits.
SFO on Wednesday will host the 10th annual FOD Walk, a volunteer effort aimed at removing any runway debris that could possibly inflict “foreign object damage” to airplanes using the hub.
Miscellaneous runway items — some as small as screws — can cause catastrophic failure if they’re sucked into an airplane’s jet engine, according to SFO spokesman Michael McCarron. Damage from runway debris costs airlines more than $4 billion a year.
About 200 volunteers are expected to show up at the airport to help spiff up the runways. The FOD walk will last from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and will be undertaken on runways 01R and 01L.